Johnson City is the retail hub for the Tri-Cities Tennessee-Virginia region, both in places to shop and places to dine. Over 500 retail businesses call Johnson City home and nearly $2 billion of retail sales are generated annually. This increases every year due to new shopping and dining options being added. Johnson City’s retail is anchored by the Mall at Johnson City, the region’s largest mall at 565,720 GLA. The mall has 91 stores and is anchored by Belk, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JC Penney, and Sears. In addition to the mall, Johnson City has nearly 30 other centers for shopping and dining, as well an emerging downtown area.
New shopping and dining options that have come to Johnson City in the past few years include: WhichWich Sandwiches, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Fresh Market, Bonefish Grill, The Children’s Place, Charming Charlie, Barberitos (2nd location), SweetFrog, Dunkin Donuts, Jason’s Deli, Crazy 8, Talbots, Popeyes, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Tupelo Honey Café, MacAuthority, Cookout, Longhorn Steakhouse, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, KrispyKreme Doughnuts, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Jos. A. Bank, and Chick-fil-A (its 2nd freestanding location).
Downtown Johnson City is currently undergoing rapid redevelopment, and new shops and restaurants are being added regularly. Shops and restaurants include: Main Street Antiques, Unique Treasures, Flavor Shoes, Masengil’s, LaLonde’s Bridal Boutique, Mel’s Stamps and Coins, Campbell’s Morrell Music, Atomik Comiks, Atlantis, Cross Stich & Crafts, Artisan’s Village, Tennessee Flag Company, Bernina in Stitches, Mid City Grill, Freiberg’s German Restaurant, Holy Taco Cantina, Blue Moon Dinner Theatre & Café, Taste Budz, Buffalo Street Downtown Deli, Korean Taco, Main Street Pizza Company, Brew Plum Coffee Bar, One 12 Downtown, Cake Buds, The Battery, Willow Tree Café, and Tupelo Honey Cafe.
Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, features a variety of local antique and specialty shops nestled in a well-preserved historic district centered around their downtown. Shops and restaurants include: Jonesborough Antique Mart, Furniture Warehouse, Shoppes on Main, Southern Exposure Antiques, Tennessee Quilts, Kimberlie’s Kandles, Kaley’s & Co., Christmas Shop on Main, The Lollipop Shop, Another Touch Bakery & Gift Shop, The Crazy Cupcake, Earth & Sky Confections, and Depot Street Brewery.
The Boones Creek area of Johnson City is currently undergoing plans for a new regional mixed-use retail center. A recent study of the Johnson City/Washington County retail market conducted by Jeff Green Partners indicated specific retailers that would be supportable at this location including: Von Maur, Dillard’s, BJ’s Warehouse Club, Costco, Marshall’s, HomeGoods, Garden Ridge, Field & Stream, Regal Cinema, Ann Taylor, White House | Black Market, Cache, Carter’s, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Trader Joes, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Mimi’s Café, Famous Dave’s, Bravo Italian, Ulta, Jared Jeweler, Sports Clip, and Massage Envy.