About the Knitting Mill
Knitting Mill Antiques is the proud home to over 100 individual dealers offering quality vintage collectables and antiques. Its location within a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century sewing factory perfectly compliments its use and provides our customers with a shopping experience as unique as our wares.
With almost 20,000 square feet of climate-controlled floor space, Knitting Mill Antiques has become the area’s premier destination for both the serious collector and the casual treasure-hunter. Our knowledgeable and courteous staff is always available to assist you with questions concerning special sales, layaways, financing and shipping. They can even share with you their favorites from the menu at Foodworks, the highly acclaimed casual dining establishment adjoining Knitting Mill Antiques.
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History of the Knitting Mill Project
Originally constructed in 1916 by the Signal Apparel Company, the two-and-a-half story brick building was utilized for the manufacture of various types of clothing for shipment worldwide. Additions were made in 1922 and 1933 to complete the 80,000 square foot structure as it stands today. With the general decline of the U.S. textile industry in the 1980’s, the building became underutilized and was eventually sold to its current owners, a partnership of real estate investors, in 1998.
This partnership envisioned bringing the building back to life with uses that would benefit from its beautiful brick walls, original wood floors and high ceilings. Also noted were the early signs of a major resurgence of the Northshore commercial district, which has since exploded with an eclectic mix of retail shopping, dining, housing and public parks.
Rehab began in 2003 and Knitting Mill Antiques opened in December of that year. In 2006, Foodworks opened its doors on the east end of the Knitting Mill and immediately became one of Chattanooga’s favorite dining establishments. Current plans are to construct loft-style condominiums on the top floor (remember those high ceilings?) and live/work space in the North building.
The Knitting Mill is on the National Register of Historic places and received the 2005 Excellence Award for Adaptive Re-use by the Regional Planning Agency.
For more information on the project contact Scott Short at RiverCity Realty.