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Community Learns About Plan For Hickory Hollow Comeback

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By Chris Cannon

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - A large crowd came out Thursday night to hear from state, city and civic leaders about the plan to try to jump start the Hickory Hollow business district.

Council Lady Jacobia Dowell organized the town hall meeting. Hickory Hollow Mall sits in her council district.

"What we're going through, many communities in America are experiencing the very same thing. What do we do with this space?" Dowell said.

The mall is the centerpiece of the decline in the southeast part of Nashville. But revitalizing the shopping center is not the only portion of Antioch's comeback plan.

"Our goal has been, and it continues to be, to try to retain the businesses we have, but more than that, we know in order to keep businesses we need to add jobs," said Dowell.

Recruiters from the city, state and chamber of commerce are working to sell Hickory Hollow and the space available there to companies looking to expand. Right now, three companies are seriously considering the area.

HCA is currently building a new data center that will bring dozens of new jobs to Hickory Hollow.

The nearly empty mall is at the heart of the area. The enclosed portion of the property has a new owner.

At the meeting, concerned residents asked questions about the mall's future.

"Is there anyone in the works? We don't have to know names, we just want to know is there anyone coming," one person asked.

"We have approximately, probably maybe 25 to 30 real good leads going, but we have 20 real good commitments, and it's going to be retailers you feel comfortable shopping at and you're going to want," said Mark Nobles the attorney for Global Mall Partnership.

The mall's new owners will make an announcement in January about the new tenants moving into the mall.

Nobles also raised the question if the mall will retain the Hickory Hollow name. He said members of the owner's partner are considering changing the name of the shopping mall.

Several stores, including Electronic Express, Foot Locker and Champs Sports are still operating at Hickory Hollow Mall.



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