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Retailer capitalizes, respects park's vicinity

Nantahala Outdoor Center Inc.'s desire to embrace green practices and pay homage to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park helped it to secure a sought-after site in Gatlinburg for a new retail outlet.

The $4 million, 18,000-square-foot NOC's Great Outpost is LEED certified, and preserved the former Open Hearth restaurant building, while the majority of the construction materials including wood and tin from the roof of an old Sevier County barn, came from within a 500-mile radius, reported Carly Harrington in the News Sentinel.

Developer Dave Ogle of Five Oaks/Ogle Inc. of Sevier County said several other potential tenants wanted to tear down the building on the site, which borders the national park, leading the firm to try to recruit Nantahala, which has long provided outdoor activities at the south side of the national park.

Read more about the store, where visitors can also book a variety of outdoor adventures from whitewater rafting to bicycling tours, at the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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