Ridgefields Market
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Evion

United States

#1 Mar 28, 2012
What is going on at this place? Are they breaking city ordinances?
Jow Blow

Kingsport, TN

#3 Apr 2, 2012
You mean because it's in a residential zone? Most likely it has been there before rezoning or laws took effect and was grandfathered in.

I remember several businesses on the road I live on that were started in the 1960s despite being a residential area.
Evion

United States

#4 Apr 4, 2012
Jow Blow wrote:
You mean because it's in a residential zone? Most likely it has been there before rezoning or laws took effect and was grandfathered in.
I remember several businesses on the road I live on that were started in the 1960s despite being a residential area.
NO, the grass is knee high, gas pumps taken out, tape around where pumps where. Freezers, coolers, old store signs, various junk stored outside in front of store, an eyesore and embarrassment.
Jow Blow

Kingsport, TN

#5 Apr 6, 2012
Sorry, I hadn't been up into Ridgefields in a long time (at least 3 years). I figured as many people live back in there that would be quite a lucritive business.
have fun

Chatsworth, GA

#6 Apr 6, 2012
What use to be a nice convenience store has turned into a indoor yard sale. Embarrassing. He charges crazy prices for what he does have. The candy and chips are old. He wont be in business long. Look for a for sale sign soon,
Listen up

Elizabethton, TN

#7 Apr 7, 2012
I heard the owner got to deep into incnense and bath salts.
White

Clover, SC

#8 Apr 8, 2012
have fun wrote:
What use to be a nice convenience store has turned into a indoor yard sale. Embarrassing. He charges crazy prices for what he does have. The candy and chips are old. He wont be in business long. Look for a for sale sign soon,
You are so right! Would be nice if someone would turn it back to a nice gas station and Deli
Bulldogging

Lexington, SC

#9 Apr 16, 2012
Closed and a for sale sign up. Should sale for cheap.
Ridgefields Resident

Ooltewah, TN

#10 Apr 17, 2012
I live in Ridgefields, and have been to the Ridgefields Market quite a few times. Usually when I have been, it has been out of laziness and a lack of wanting to drive farther out. I feel as though the owner took advantage of the "convenience" of his location and jacked up the prices to astronomical levels. Many of the things that he sold in there were beyond expired.(I'm talking expiration dates of early 2000's and such) A few times when I went in there, I felt as though I was being harassed by the owner with unnecessary questions - as if he felt that I was going to steal something from him. Maybe he was just trying to feel me out for what I wanted, to find a way to "do better" with his customers. I hate to judge in such a harsh way, but that is just how it felt to me at the time. I've also had personal conversations with some of his past employees who seemed to always be frustrated at the way he treated them. He would call them in on days that they had specifically requested off. They complained of him over-working and under-paying them. I knew one guy, who was severely ill with a debilitating chronic disease, and he would be off during his "bad days" and the owner would still insist on him coming in to work. This was probably the main issue that I had with the owner, seeing as how he always advertised his "now hiring" ads in the Times News as a "Christian business." I'm pretty sure he is going out of business/has already went out of business. If someone would take over the store, and put quality products in there at regular prices, their profits would skyrocket. A place like Ridgefields is full of people who would be willing to put their money into a decent business. I know that I would definitely go there for my shorthand needs if it were better than the previous conditions.

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#11 Apr 17, 2012
that use to be a nice place, with a deli, nice snacks, gas etc...now its a garage sale. Awful, id rather drive 3 more miles up the road and get better service and product. The owner is a complete jerk. No way it stays open much longer, hes trying to sell christmas stuff thats years old just to make bills. he has no clue on how to run a business.
Golf82

United States

#12 Apr 18, 2012
Ridgefields Resident wrote:
I live in Ridgefields, and have been to the Ridgefields Market quite a few times. Usually when I have been, it has been out of laziness and a lack of wanting to drive farther out. I feel as though the owner took advantage of the "convenience" of his location and jacked up the prices to astronomical levels. Many of the things that he sold in there were beyond expired.(I'm talking expiration dates of early 2000's and such) A few times when I went in there, I felt as though I was being harassed by the owner with unnecessary questions - as if he felt that I was going to steal something from him. Maybe he was just trying to feel me out for what I wanted, to find a way to "do better" with his customers. I hate to judge in such a harsh way, but that is just how it felt to me at the time. I've also had personal conversations with some of his past employees who seemed to always be frustrated at the way he treated them. He would call them in on days that they had specifically requested off. They complained of him over-working and under-paying them. I knew one guy, who was severely ill with a debilitating chronic disease, and he would be off during his "bad days" and the owner would still insist on him coming in to work. This was probably the main issue that I had with the owner, seeing as how he always advertised his "now hiring" ads in the Times News as a "Christian business." I'm pretty sure he is going out of business/has already went out of business. If someone would take over the store, and put quality products in there at regular prices, their profits would skyrocket. A place like Ridgefields is full of people who would be willing to put their money into a decent business. I know that I would definitely go there for my shorthand needs if it were better than the previous conditions.
Surprised the CITY doesn't enforce cleanup, it is an eyesore for homeowners who pass market to and from home. Mayor Phillips lives in Ridgefields, definite city codes not met
Commons

Kingsport, TN

#13 May 21, 2012
Really

United States

#14 May 21, 2012
Haven't been there in years
Wowman

United States

#15 May 22, 2012
What?
WTF

Johnson City, TN

#16 May 22, 2012
Golf82 wrote:
<quoted text> Surprised the CITY doesn't enforce cleanup, it is an eyesore for homeowners who pass market to and from home. Mayor Phillips lives in Ridgefields, definite city codes not met
An eyesore, on the way home to Ridgefields...That's after you pass by Eastman, the paper mill, and the shyt treatment plant, and you're considering a dilapidated store an eyesore? What's up with that?
WTF

Johnson City, TN

#17 May 22, 2012
Oh, ya, the old Borden Mill is looking good, too.
Question

Independence, KS

#18 May 26, 2012
Does anyone know who owns this market?
Chippendale

Martin, TN

#19 May 27, 2012
Ridgefields Resident wrote:
I live in Ridgefields, and have been to the Ridgefields Market quite a few times. Usually when I have been, it has been out of laziness and a lack of wanting to drive farther out. I feel as though the owner took advantage of the "convenience" of his location and jacked up the prices to astronomical levels. Many of the things that he sold in there were beyond expired.(I'm talking expiration dates of early 2000's and such) A few times when I went in there, I felt as though I was being harassed by the owner with unnecessary questions - as if he felt that I was going to steal something from him. Maybe he was just trying to feel me out for what I wanted, to find a way to "do better" with his customers. I hate to judge in such a harsh way, but that is just how it felt to me at the time. I've also had personal conversations with some of his past employees who seemed to always be frustrated at the way he treated them. He would call them in on days that they had specifically requested off. They complained of him over-working and under-paying them. I knew one guy, who was severely ill with a debilitating chronic disease, and he would be off during his "bad days" and the owner would still insist on him coming in to work. This was probably the main issue that I had with the owner, seeing as how he always advertised his "now hiring" ads in the Times News as a "Christian business." I'm pretty sure he is going out of business/has already went out of business. If someone would take over the store, and put quality products in there at regular prices, their profits would skyrocket. A place like Ridgefields is full of people who would be willing to put their money into a decent business. I know that I would definitely go there for my shorthand needs if it were better than the previous conditions.
Agree, felt like place was always price gouging. I stopped giving them my business after gas prices skyrocketed during 9-11.
BetterLateThanNe ver

Atlanta, GA

#20 Apr 11, 2013
It 'used' to be owned by Thomas E. LaGuardia III (fdba Ridgefields Market) and Susan H. LaGuardia, but declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October of 2012.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/oct/01/bank...
marketman

Spencer, NC

#21 May 22, 2013
Sold for 155k let's see what happens with it now .....

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