The first 70-acre phase of an entertainment, dining and shopping development worth tens of millions of dollars will open in 2022. The 200-acre site is off Interstate 40, at the gateway to the Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has purchased the land for the project through its Kituwah LLC economic development agency. The site which will be developed as a major experiential tourist destination themed around the classic American road trip.
Matthew Cross of Knoxville-based OE Experiences, the company retained to identify the best use of the land and seek development partners, discussed the project with blooloop, in company with Cliff Warner, chairman of entertainment development company Mycotoo.
Outlining the background, Cross says:
“Kituwah LLC was created recently as a business development entity. It serves as a diversification vehicle for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians away from gaming