Margaritaville sign goes up in Pigeon Forge

The sign for Jimmy Buffett

New restaurant in Pigeon Forge is set to open mid-June. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The sign for Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville went up in Pigeon Forge today, signaling the restaurant is closer to opening.

The signature sign arrived in six different pieces and required a crane to lift it onto the building.

Margaritaville is set to open next month and they're looking to hire more than 100 people who will need to start training soon.


November 20, 2012

Sources say Margaritaville has turned its attention to Pigeon Forge to open a new location in Sevier County.

Sources say Margaritaville has pulled plans to open in Galtinburg, in favor of Pigeon Forge now that liquor by the drink has been approved by voters. There's been no official announcement at this point according to Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear.

According to the website affiliated with the Island at Pigeon Forge, they are promoting the project as a "POSSIBLE New Location For A Popular Margaritaville (Subject To Change / Update)." The Island at Pigeon Forge is under development at this time.

In August, the company told Local 8 News, that they are considering Sevier County as a possible expansion area.

"We are considering the possibility of coming to the area, and we would like to see it happen. At this point in time, it's too premature to give any further details but we are considering bringing the Margaritaville experience to the area," said Mike Stommel, with Margaritaville Management Group.

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