Name: What Knot’s
Location: 4121 Rhea County Highway, Dayton, TN; (423) 326-7222
Hours of operation: Daily, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Sundays
Products: Household cleaners and kitchen items, toys, keg coolers, television and computer stands, speakers and Blue-Ray players
Owners: Howard Fuller, 54, and daughter Amanda McKeehan, 30
Inspiration behind the name: “We’re liable to have about everything,” Fuller said, about offering items similar to what another discount store had carried, prior to its closing.
Startup investment: Fuller said that it cost at least $10,000 was needed for purchasing merchandise and initial set-up.
Prices: Items range from $ 1fingernail polish, up to $150 children’s motorized vehicles, McKeehan said, and they “test everything before it goes out.”
Target market: Both Fuller and McKeehan agree that their store has helped low- and moderate-income families buy necessities at an affordable price.
Biggest hurdle: Fuller said that the decision to retire from a local automotive manufacturer and open the store with his daughter was, in part, due to personal health concerns.. Now, he said, the challenges stem from keeping a stocked inventory, as opposed to working under another’s leadership.
Lesson learned: After years of operating a fireworks business with her father, McKeehan said, “It’s a big adventure for both of us.”
Five-year goal: “We’re hoping to open up two or three more in region within the next two years,” depending upon available locations, said Fuller.
— Contact Kimberly McMillian is based in Rhea County. Contact her at email@example.com.
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