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East Memphis is a region of Memphis, Tennessee with several defined and informal subdivisions and neighborhoods such as Colonial Acres, White Station-Yates, Sherwood Forest, Normal Station, High Point Terrace, Belle Meade, Normandy Meadows, St. Nick, Pleasant Acres, Balmoral, and Ridgeway. The general boundaries are informal:

  • On the West: Highland Street.
  • On the South: I-240
  • On the East: Traditionally, the eastern border was anything inside the I-240 loop, however, many extend this to the Germantown city limits and the Cordova community
  • On the North: Sam Cooper Blvd.

The primary zip codes in this area are 38111, 38117, and 38157, including 38120 and 38119. In 1950, the eastern boundary of Memphis was essentially the western boundary of what is today East Memphis. By the mid-1960s, most of East Memphis inside the I-240 loop had been annexed by the city of Memphis.

Region Overview

East Memphis is a commercial and residential powerhouse. Poplar Avenue provides the central east-west thoroughfare of the area, and there are many thriving businesses on and around it. East Memphis is the location of some of the largest Memphis homes, specifically those in the Walnut Grove area. It is also home to the looming Clark Tower, as there are no legal restrictions on the height of buildings outside of the downtown area. The area also has developed into a home for many businesses and law firms. Walnut Grove Rd. has a high concentration of churches and schools. Poplar Plaza Shopping center at the corner of Poplar and Highland St. could be the beginning of the East Memphis commercial district. Highland St. is mostly commercial, with a collection of high-rise low-to-moderate residential buildings, as well as Crichton College. The University of Memphis sits south of Central Ave. and north of Southern Ave, with the Highland strip bordering it on its western side. Further east on Poplar Ave., Laurelwood Shopping Center and Oak Court Mall, can be found. East Memphis covers areas outside of the I-240 Loop including the residential areas around Quince Road and Kirby Parkway, and River Oaks subdivision. A commercial center has developed around the intersection of Poplar and Ridgeway Road which includes the Hilton Memphis, the largest hotel in the city. The eastern border of the neighborhood is the Germantown city limits at Kirby Parkway.

The major shopping venues in East Memphis are Eastgate Shopping Center, Poplar Plaza Shopping Center, Oak Court Mall, Laurelwood Collection, Regalia, and Park Place Center.

Parks & Places

Museums, Parks, Gardens:

  • Shelby Farms
  • Avon Park
  • Davis Park
  • Sea Isle Park
  • Willow Rd. Park
  • Pauline "Pep" Marquette Park
  • Memphis Country Club

Other places of note include:


East Memphis is home to many churches of various denominations. The largest churches are Christ United Methodist Church with 6,000 members [1], St. Louis Catholic Church with about 5,000 members [2], and Second Presbyterian Church with more than 4,800 members [3]. The area is also home to all of the city's Jewish congregations, including Baron Hirsch Synagogue, Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth Congregation, Young Israel of Memphis, Beth Sholom, and Temple Israel. Other places of worship include Robinhood Lane Baptist Church, Cherry Road Baptist Church and New Philadelphia Church.


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