Photo by Rosie Hill
Grainger Today Reporter
WASHBURN – Liberty Hill Market has reopened its doors with new owners, Donel and Haley Shelton. Donel said they prayed a lot before buying the property because the building was run down and it was a wild idea. After praying about it, the couple purchased the building October 14, 2016, two days before getting married. Donel said the community has always been good to him, and he wanted to help people, be a light to those in need and help the lost.
Donel has a bachelor’s degree in business and is co-owner of an excavating company, and Haley works for Citizens Bank and Trust Co. of Grainger County. They had no prior experience in retail before purchasing the building.
They quickly began renovations ,and everything seemed to fall into place with help from Cody Haynes at Broadway Restaurant Equipment, family and friends. After eight months, they opened the doors July 15.
Donel said he has really enjoyed meeting people and the ability to help some of the elderly when they call. Liberty Hill Market has become a place people from the community go to for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He said the hardest part is marking sure to keep everything stocked every week. They buy their hamburger meat fresh, and try to buy produce within the county.
Liberty Hill Market offers gas at a competitive price, oil, a large selection of candy, drinks and snacks and a full deli. Donel said, “The deli is really good – best food in Grainger County.”
The breakfast menu includes: biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, country ham, tenderloin, hash brown wedges, grits, french toast, omelets, BLT, egg sandwich, several different types of biscuits and more.
The lunch and dinner menu includes: a chicken strip dinner, hamburger steak dinner, BBQ plate dinner, salads, pizzas, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, several sandwiches, fries, pizza sticks, cheese sticks, fried pickle spears, cole slaw and potato salad.
They have a daily special that is always a home-cooked country meal, which they advertise on their Facebook page.
Donel said that his Aunt Linda Shelton passed away in April of this year but was always supportive of him. “She was real excited about this place opening and would have been here every day. I think about her a lot when I come in here,” he said.
Liberty Hill Market, 585 Dutch Valley Road, Washburn, (865) 497-2112, is open from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed Sundays. Donel expressed thanks to the community for their business and support.