The Rock Yard was the brainchild of former UT punting legend Jimmy Colquitt. After a storied career at UT and a short stint in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, Jimmy moved back to Knoxville. He began Colquitt Landscaping in 1988 serving residential and commercial customers.
As his business grew, finding the right stone for each job was difficult. It was time consuming and frustrating driving across the plateau, trying to find the right color, thickness, shape, and price to match sometimes existing projects and new home construction. This is when he started accumulating large amounts of various stone products and stockpiling them at his farm in Hardin Valley.
He quickly realized that there was an enormous demand by dozens of area landscapers and builders experiencing what he went through. So in 1997, he moved his inventory to the Kingston Pike/Peter’s road area to accommodate landscapers to ease their process in obtaining natural stone products. In 2002, he moved to the current five acre site at 8867 Kingston Pike and developed a massive, convenient location for not only landscapers, builders, masons, and contractors, but for the public as well! It is currently Knoxville’s oldest and largest natural stone retailer!
In 2010, he internally restructured philosophy, management, and advertising and began a full service masonry division. By custom cutting countertops, mantles, hearths, benches, or anything brought to him as a template, the business began to boom. In 2011, he began manufacturing pool coping made out of natural flagstone and saw rock and developed a successful business plan and reputation with major pool supply companies across the nation! There is now beautiful East Tennessee flagging in several states around the country!
No matter what your project is, or if you need one piece, one pound, or fifty tons of any stone, the Rock Yard is here to service your needs with convenience! Whether it is a flower bed border, tree circle, walkway, patio, driveway, fireplace, fire pit, retaining wall, whatever the project, the Rock Yard is here to serve both residential and commercial customers. Open six days a week year round, feel free to call, email, stop in, or visit our website for your natural stone products!