MacAuthority Opens Fifth Store In Johnson City

Friday, July 13, 2012

Regional computer retailer, MacAuthority, is set to open their fifth store in The Mall at Johnson City. With two locations in Nashville and one each in Louisville and Chattanooga, MacAuthority is continuing its growth as a regional retailer specializing in wildly-popular products from Apple, such as the iPod, iPad, and MacBook series.

The new shop is located in The Mall at Johnson City, at 2011 North Roan Street.

MacAuthority will join an industry-leading lineup of tenants already in place, with their 5000 square-foot showroom, situated just outside JCPenny on the Upper Level of the mall. "The combination of brands in The Mall at Johnson City play well against the life-enriching and cutting-edge merchandise we offer. We're a regional business, but we represent the hottest worldwide brand in tech," said MacAuthority Marketing Director Lucas Leverett. "We bring a "exible local store carrying Apple products to an already-top-notch mall."

MacAuthority President and CEO Mark Gregory is enthusiastic about the company's new venture into the Tri-Cities area: "We are thrilled with our new store. It is our largest mall location to-date, and will be a fantastic shopping destination for Apple users new and old."

A grand opening event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21. "We had a great turnout when we opened in Chattanooga," Vice President of Retail Operations, John Hills, said. "I'd expect people will be eager to get in on the fun this time, too." 

The store will give away a limited edition tee shirt to the !rst 100 visitors, as well as conduct drawings for dozens of prizes, including a MacBook Air, iPad, iPod shuf"es, and merchandise from some top brands, including Tennessee-based Grif!n Technology and MacAuthority's popular house-brand: 4mac. 

Company representatives are confident the new location will be viewed as a compelling alternative to big-box electronics stores and national chains. "Customers get a personal shopping experience not found in the normal retail hustle. With us, you've got friends who specialize in the coolest gear and back that up with product knowledge and friendliness you don't typically encounter in stores also carrying appliances, DVDS, and cat food," Mr. Leverett said.

Over its near-15-year lifespan, MacAuthority has experienced considerable growth alongside the Apple platform. "Seeing this company expand from a mom-and-pop used computer shop for us Mac folks, and now move into an area of the state that has been chomping at the bit for our all-Apple focus is very exciting," said Mr. Leverett, "I can't wait to see this store thrive, while bringing these amazing products into people's lives."

Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 5.6 Percent In October

The Georgia Department of Labor announced on Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in October was 5.6 percent, unchanged from September. The rate in October 2014 was 6.8 percent. While the rate was unchanged, the number of initial claims for unemployment insurance rose by 741, or 29.1 percent, to 3,291 in October. Most of the increase was due ... (click for more)

October 2015 County Unemployment Rates

County unemployment rates for October 2015, released Wedesday, show the rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in four, and remained the same in one county. Specific county information for October is available on the Internet .   Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in October at 4.2 percent, down from September’s rate of 4.6 percent. Knox ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damage Listed At $15,000Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

City Council To Consider Policy That Job Applicants Would Not Have To Reveal Criminal Records

The City Council on Tuesday night will consider a policy that city job applicants would not have to reveal their criminal past. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem cited problems those with felony records have in securing employment. The policy would go into effect by the first of the year. The resolution says: WHEREAS, the City of Chattanooga (the "City") is committed ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)