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Businesses Closing At Busy Brentwood Intersection

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Business closings have been no surprise during this tough economy, but when it happens at one of the area's busy intersections, people take notice.

Construction, shoppers, and traffic are nothing new for businesses off Interstate 65 at Old Hickory Boulevard in Brentwood.

"It's just very congested, especially during rush hour and right during lunch. With Maryland Farms and all the people to and from work, overall really busy," said shopper Leah Grignon.

When businesses in the area close down, people often wonder why they can't seem to stay open.

"I don't know why – The Longhorns is doing good. There's a restaurant and a hotel that's open. I don't know why they closed over there. Everything else is fine," says Justin Phillips, who works at a restaurant nearby.

Hugh Hicks owns the property where Shoney's recently closed, and the building is now for lease.

"I lived out here in the area for a number of years and enjoyed going to Shoney's and Captain D's and I think new concepts are coming up and perhaps that's what is best suited for now," says Hicks.

The economic recession may be to blame, but owners are hoping all the activity here will turn things around.

"We've had a sluggish market in the last few years, real estate has been but it seems to be ticking up now so we'll see and we hope everything will work out good," said Hicks.

Captain D's closed their location in November of 2011, but are currently seeking other locations in the area to relocate. Shoney's could not be reached for comment.

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