Opry Mills reopening in Spring 2012

Opry Mills will once again start welcoming shoppers early next year, Simon Properties Group, Inc. announced Tuesday.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Nashville landmark plans to reopen its doors after severe flooding forced it to close. Opry Mills will once again start welcoming shoppers early next year, Simon Properties Group, Inc. announced Tuesday.

The company says a new deal with its lenders will allow it to rebuild and reopen. Gregg Goodman, president of The Mills, said he has met with many retailers and expects a majority of the mall's shops to open in the spring.

"We are thrilled that Opry Mills will be able to spring back to life," said Goodman. "Our shoppers will once again be able to experience the great shopping, dining, and entertainment options that made Opry Mills such a huge hit when it opened in 2000 and the general community will benefit from the construction jobs, the return of the retail jobs, and the resulting tax revenues."

Among the shops reportedly returning to the Mills are: OFF 5TH Saks Fifth Avenue, Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Dave & Buster's, Rainforest Cafe, Aquarium Restaurant, Off Broadway Shoes, and a greatly expanded Forever 21. Bass Pro Shops has already reopened.

And some new stores are coming too, including: Coach Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Talbots, Chico's, White House Black Market, Under Armour Factory House, and The LEGO Store.

"The response from the retail community has been incredibly positive and enthusiastic," Goodman said. "It's clear that they prospered at Opry Mills and are anxious to return."

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