Vintage Vols gear store ‘Tailgate’ opens in Market Square

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A new vintage college sportswear store is opening its doors in Knoxville’s Market Square.

A special preview was held Thursday night of “Tailgate,” the new store selling vintage Vols gear in Knoxville. This is the third Tailgate store, with ones previously open at Iowa State and Wisconsin. Another is planned at the University of Georgia. The concept was created by Todd Snyder, first operating mainly as a wholesale distributor, and is now owned by American Eagle.

Former UT quarterback Erik Ainge is serving as store ambassador and also helping select designs.

The official opening of the store is Friday morning at 10 a.m. The store also features a coffee bar.


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