The Mast General Store

Everything You Need in One Place!

The Mast General Store is a general store that sells clothes, houseware items, footwear, toys, travel gear, and old-fashioned candies. Other items such as jellies, maple syrup, jams, and cornmeal are also available.

History of Knoxville’s Mast General Store

For more than a century, the Mast General Store has been an important addition to Knoxville’s historic downtown area. The construction of this building followed a fire that occurred in 1897. All of the buildings in that area were destroyed by the blaze, which started in an adjacent hotel. 

As the fire raged on, the Chattanooga Fire Department went to help put out the flames. They loaded their pumper onto a train bound for Knoxville, traveling at speeds exceeding 90 mph. After its reconstruction, the building was occupied by McNulty Grocery and Dry Goods Co.

The building became the M. M. Newcomer’s Department Store in 1901. This closed 31 years later and was replaced by the Knox Dry Goods Store, which eventually changed its name to The Knox.

Towards the end of the 1970s, several downtown businesses had relocated to the suburbs. The White Grocery Store moved into the building in 1982 and stayed open until 1988. 

In 2006, the Mast Store opened for business.

Visiting The Store

The Mast General Store is located at 402 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902.

The store is within walking distance of Knoxville Convention Center. Just head southeast toward Cumberland Ave and turn left toward Cumberland Ave. Then, turn left onto S Gay St and you will see the store on your right.

The Knoxville Mast General Store is only 0.2 miles away from Tennessee Theatre, a perfect match for combining shopping and entertainment in one day!

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Knoxville’s Mast General Store has everything you may possibly need. In fact, you can find everything from retro toys and games to beautiful apparel, tasty candy, and dishware. Check out The Mast General Store if you want to spend a relaxing day exploring a range of amazing products!

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