Mall Merchant Says He's Surprised by Eviction Notice
Daniel Gordon, owner of Soccer Plus
Reported by Brent Frazier
ANTIOCH, Tenn. – No one seems too terribly surprised by Friday's announcement that Hickory Hollow Mall will be giving itself a total makeover later this summer except for one mall merchant who got his 30-day notice to vacate Friday.
Most tenants of Hickory Hollow Mall have received a notice from the mall's owners letting them know they have 30 days to vacate the property.
"We have 30 days, as of yesterday," said Daniel Gordon, owner of Soccer Plus in the mall.
A CBL Properties spokesperson says Hickory Hollow is in the process of reinventing itself, and part of this evolution includes closing a portion of the retail stores temporarily to develop a plan for the rest of the center.
Gordon is a savvy businessman who understands the very fickle nature of retail. What he doesn't understand is why mall management, according to Gordon, would work to allay his fears of a forced eviction. He claims he talked to them about it right up until Wednesday.
Gordon insists he and his wife were told, "Nothing's going to happen … in the near future," right up until mid-week; only to get Friday's formal eviction notice in the mail.
Daniel Gordon swears business is great and his family will find a new home within the Antioch area; he just doesn't understand why mall management was not more forthright with information earlier this week.
NewsChannel 5 was unable to reach mall managers Saturday night for a response to Gordon's claims.