East Towne Mall Mallmanac ca. 1996. View the full PDF version here.
Nestled in the heart of Smokey Mountain country, the town hosts the University of Tennessee, the Sunsphere from the 1982 World's Fair, and one of the most distinctive malls that I had seen in my (by that time) short 12 years.
L- East Towne Mall around the time of its renovation and renaming. R- Knoxville Center in 2010, just before Dillard's closing.
Speeding along I-640 through the city's hilly eastern environs, I would never have noticed East Towne Mall had it not been for its distinctive white tents. It was a plain, mud brown building that was almost indistinguishable from its surrounding terrain, but the fabric centerpiece gave it away. In the midst of fighting with my older brother for back seat dominance and trying to stay occupied in those years before cell phones and vehicular entertainment systems, whizzing by the place was one of the highlights of the trip.