Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett reads the issue of TIME that mentions the South Knox Cash Mobs. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett reads the issue of TIME that mentions the South Knox Cash Mobs. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

As part of the next round of Knox Cash Mob, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has announced the community will have a chance to decide which South Knoxville business will get its turn in the spotlight.

“We get a lot of feedback from people with suggestions for possible cash mob locations,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.  “This is a good way to get the community and local businesses directly involved in deciding the location of the next Knox Cash Mob.”

A cash mob, which is a form of a flash mob,is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community.

Business nominations will be accepted until noon Mar. 1.  Then, in an online vote beginning at 5 p.m., the community will have an opportunity to pick the mob destination from the top five nominees.  Voting will end at 5 p.m. Mar. 6.  The winning business will be announced Mar. 8.

Nominations will be accepted online at

Nominated businesses should be locally owned and located in South Knoxville.  Previous Knox Cash Mob locations are not eligible.  Knox County reserves the right to withdraw certain businesses from consideration if, among other things, the business serves a very limited clientele.

Mayor Burchett started organizing Knox Cash Mobs early last year in an effort to help businesses in South Knoxville affected by the Henley Street Bridge closure.  The mobs eventually expanded to the rest of the county, with the Lunch with the Mayor series of events being organized to help local restaurants, as well.

Since its start, Burchett’s Knox Cash Mobs have helped local South Knoxville Businesses such as Disc Exchange, Wee Care, Stanley’s Greenhouse, Emery’s Five and Dime and Love That BBQ.

All businesses previously involved in a Knox Cash Mob have responded positively and said the extra attention has helped their sales.

In November of 2012 Burchett was recognized by TIME Magazine for his work with Knox Cash Mob.

Burchett will also hold a Lunch with the Mayor event to further boast business in South Knoxville. The next Lunch with the Mayor will be held at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Bayou Bay Seafood House, which is located at 7117 Chapman Hwy.

Anyone interested in keeping up with the latest Knox Cash Mob activity can follow @KnoxCashMob on Twitter and “like” the Knox Cash Mob page on Facebook.

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