Recent Town Center traffic welcomed by many residents

10:35 PM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
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Northshore Town Center still has plenty of construction projects underway, but with new additions the area is seeing a recent surge in traffic.

Northshore Town Center still has plenty of construction projects underway, but with new additions the area is seeing a recent surge in traffic.

Now, some nearby residents say they are thrilled by the crowds.

"It's really attractive and it's really popular now that it's new," said Town Center homeowner Margaret Backhurst.

"I think it will be really convenient for the whole region in the southwest sector here."

Backhurst, who has called the area home for more than three years, expects even bigger crowds when the community's new elementary school opens in 2013.

"We're seeing a lot of traffic... we're really excited about it. I think it will even increase when the school is done," she said.

Officials broke ground on the 141-acre urban village in 2004. The plans: build a self-contained community of homes, upscale stores and boutiques, entertainment venues, offices and restaurants off Northshore Drive at Pellissippi Parkway.

Wednesday evening marked shopper Tamara Mazzetti's fifth trip to the new Publix. She says she's a big fan of the company, and plans to shop regardless of traffic.

"Even though the traffic is a little bit difficult, I think if you just change your time schedule of when you come, you're going to do a lot better," she said.

Several smaller stores also are set to open this summer or fall. The line-up includes Great Clips, Froyoz Frozen Yogurt, Fusion Tanning Studios, Barre 3 and The Nail Spa.

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