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New jobs give a bit of a boost to old town

Madison Mathews • Feb 6, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Following a national trend that saw a burst in job growth last month, businesses in Tennessee’s oldest town are adding a number of jobs to the work force.

Two of the businesses adding jobs in Jonesborough are two of the town’s newest establishments.

Snap Fitness and Tractor Supply Co. are both under construction in the former shopping center that housed White’s Fresh Foods along Boones Creek Road.

Snap Fitness, 413 Boones Creek Road, will have about five personnel once it opens in mid-March, according to franchise owner Clarence McMurray.

McMurray said they have been hiring and training people over the past several weeks while the space undergoes construction.

There will be two physical trainers and at least three staff members operating the gym.

The gym itself will be similar in makeup to the Johnson City location, McMurray said. The 4,500-square-foot gym will be somewhat larger and include a room that can used for Zumba and other physical activities.

Snap Fitness is based in Chanhassen, Minn. It’s a fast-growing franchisor of compact, state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness centers worldwide. Each facility features 24/7 access, cardio and strength-training equipment, value-add fitness services and a safe, secure environment. The fitness center was ranked No. 1 for fitness franchises in 2009.

Tractor Supply Co. will open its doors in the former White’s grocery space at 507 Boones Creek Road.

Tentatively planned for completion in March, the store will employ 12 to 17 people in full-time and part-time positions.

The new location, which is being constructed by Simmons Construction of New Tazewell, will include sales floor and support service space, a fenced exterior space for storage and display of large sale items including fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and operates more than 1,000 stores in 44 states. Its stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle and maintenance needs of recreational farmers and ranchers, tradesmen, small businesses and those who enjoy the rural lifestyle.

With the spring season just a little more than a month away, Lowe’s in Jonesborough, 1498 E. Jackson Blvd., is preparing for the busy season by adding about 35 new jobs at its location, according to assistant store manager Jason Carrier.

The first week of March is typically when the busy spring season starts, so Lowe’s locations in Jonesborough, Johnson City and Elizabethton are expected to hire about 150 people in total.

Lowe’s was founded in 1946 and has grown from a small hardware store to the second largest home improvement retailer worldwide. The store stocks 40,000 products in 20 product categories ranging from appliances to tools, to paint, lumber and nursery products.

Lowe’s operates more than 1,725 stores in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

For more information on Snap Fitness, call 232-7627 or visit www.snapfitness.com/jonesborough.

For more information about Tractor Supply Co., visit www.tractorsupply.com.

For more information on Lowe’s in Jonesborough, call 788-7000 or visit www.lowes.com.

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