Controversial Lewis Country Store set for sale next month
The Lewis Country Store, a controversial North Nashville establishment known for its dual reputation of Southern hospitality and inflammatory political affiliation, is slated for a change of ownership in the new year. This gas station and marketplace, recently exposed for hosting a gym frequented by a local white supremacist group, will be acquired by Tri Star Energy, a prominent Nashville-based fuel service company. The acquisition, confirmed by Dawn Boulanger, Tri Star’s Vice President of Marketing, is expected to be finalized on January 2nd.
Established in 2004 by the late Jimmy Lewis and his son, Brad Lewis (self-described as an ‘actual literal Nazi‘), the Lewis Country Store combined a country store, restaurant, and gas station in Scottsboro, a northwest Davidson County neighborhood bordering Cheatham County. Prior to its removal in June, the busy 5.7-acre property, boasting a prominent corner location, was listed for sale at $5 million.
For years, the Lewis Country Store has garnered notoriety for its contentious nature. The infamous digital roadside sign displayed explicit and often offensive messages, while the interior showcased politically charged merchandise. This persistent controversy ultimately led to Shell ending its brand affiliation with the store in 2016.
According to Boulanger, the store will remove its current affiliations after the sale is completed, finally bringing an end to Nashville’s most controversial store.