NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the first time since the devasting May floods there is a strong, new indicator that the Opry Mills mall will re-open.
The floods swamped the entire mall with damage estimate exceeding $200 million. Efforts to rebuild the mall stalled in a dispute over insurance. The owners of Opry Mills are suing their carrier over flood coverage.
Some have wondered if the mall would ever re-open. But, now there is progress. Off Broadway Shoes has been issued a $400,000 building permit for the mall.
The company's Director of Operations Phil Lamantia told the Nashville Business Journal his store "... is going to re-open with the rest of the mall ... and it'll be bigger and better than it ever was."
Lamantia stopped short of setting an exact date for that to happen.
Opry Mills owners had set an original grand re-opening date for August, 2011. That was postponed. Construction at the site stopped after the lawsuit over insurance coverage was filed.