Weigel’s Announces New Director of Real Estate

Chris Ooten joins the Weigel’s team.

Weigel’s has hired Chris Ooten as its new director of real estate to expand Weigel’s retail footprint through new store site acquisition and the selling and leasing of company-owned property.

“With a solid background in commercial development, Chris is poised to help expand and take Weigel’s to the next level,” said Bill Weigel, Weigel’s CEO. Weigel Stores Inc. is a family-owned business operating 60 dairy and convenience stores throughout Knoxville, Tenn. and surrounding communities.

Ooten is a LEED Accredited Professional via the Green Building Certification Institute and in his new role he will guide new site development, green building design, construction and maintenance solutions.  

Ooten’s background includes 14 years with Schaad Companies, Knoxville, Tenn., where as chief operating officer, he led completion of more than one million square feet of office and commercial projects. His background also includes three years with the Metropolitan Planning Commission of Knoxville and Knox County, and three years as project manager with local civil engineering and design firm, Batson, Himes, Norvell and Poe.

A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Ooten earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 with an emphasis in urban and regional planning.



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