Monday, May 2, 2011

Opry Mills Mall to Reopen Spring 2012

All I have to say, is it’s about damn time! And this may be old news, but its news to me!

Opry Mills Mall, as we know, was heavily damaged in the May 2010 flood with property damage over $200 million. The empty facility has been a constant reminder of the devastation our city endured one year ago and the continual efforts to restore Nashville to the city it was. As the building sat and the months dragged on, Mall customers became anxious, posting inquisitive comments on Opry Mills Mall’s Facebook fan page. And for nearly a year, Simon Properties, which owns the Mall, has remained silent. A message on the Opry Mills Mall official website had referred guests to their Facebook page for updates, which gave little to no details on recovery efforts. But now, the message on the Mall’s website reads:

“Dear Friends of Opry Mills,

We are excited to announce that Opry Mills, one of Tennessee’s top tourist attractions as well as the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment destination in the state, will reopen and once again greet shoppers in Spring 2012. Efforts to rebuild this iconic shopping destination are beginning immediately.

Signaling Opry Mills’ future success, most of the previous retailers and dining options have committed to be part of the reopening, a few examples include Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Banana Republic Factory Store, J.Crew Factory, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Off Broadway Shoes, a greatly expanded Forever 21, Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Dave & Buster’s, Rainforest Café and Aquarium Restaurant, . Joining them and Bass Pro Shops, which has already reopened, are Coach Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Talbots, Chico’s, White House Black Market, Under Armour Factory House, and The LEGO Store.

Thank you very much for your interest in Opry Mills. It is because of loyal shoppers such as yourself that Opry Mills is one of the top shopping centers in the U.S.”

According to WSMV, Opry Mills President Gregg Goodman said, “This will be a fast and furious project.” Additionally, the 2012 reopening of the mall will bring 3,000 new jobs to the area and approximately $26 million in sales tax per year. Job opportunities may be posted on Opry Mills Mall’s website or job sites like Craigslist. Stay tuned to Nashville Fashion Blog for job postings, as well.

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