A Knoxville business that made much news throughout Tennessee Vol nation, including in Chattanooga, when it opened in 2008, is closing its doors.
Alimony's Hair and Nail Salon, the West Knoxville business opened by former Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl's ex-wife, Kim Shrigley, was to shut down after business on Saturday. An auction of all the salon-related items and furniture within the store is scheduled to be held next Thursday at 10 a.m. at the store.
Dennis Francis, an attorney for Ms. Shrigley, who began using her maiden name again after the divorce, told the Knoxville News Sentinel this week that the decision to close the business was made for economic reasons.
When Ms. Shrigley, who had been trained as a nurse, opened the business following her divorce settlement with Coach Pearl, she told the Knoxville media that she wanted to have a business that would allow her some flexibility to care for her and Coach Pearl's two younger children.
She admitted at the time that the name of the business was somewhat aggressive, but that she wanted to use the salon to help others also suffering from emotional disappointment.
"I want them to have had a nice experience and see that you can go through some horrible stuff and come out on top," she said at the time, adding that she had hired her hairstylist, Bubby Browning, to help her with the operation.
The business -- located at 7115 Kingston Pike between the West Hills and Papermill Road exits of Interstate 40 -- was expanded less than six months later.
Coach Pearl, known for his enthusiasm and high energy, led the Vols' basketball team to much success from 2005 until he resigned in 2011 amid recruiting irregularities.
He filed for divorce from Ms. Shrigley in 2007 and later remarried. He now is an ESPN analyst.