Opry Mills reopening in Spring 2012

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

(CBS/EARLY SHOW)

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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  • by For Sale Location: Nashville on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    The Heleba bank in Germany is putting up the money for Simon on this and yet, they are looking at failure too. Look up "stress test Heleba bank Germany".. I wouldn't start counting Chickens just yet. If it was a great location or a succesful mall Simon would foot the bill itself, they have the money.. The Mall will be up for sale again within a year. Don't forget the state of the affairs with the cost of everything right now.
  • by mankind Location: Nashville on Apr 13, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    I hope this works. There is not much for anyone to do over there. Downtown has so very much more. All Opry has is a Mall and a Resort. Well they call it a resort. Not much to see but hotel walls and a mall. Kids find it boring, and you still have to go somewhere else make it a vacation for them. Like East Tenn. Everything is moving away from the Opry area. The park would have helped, you can shop anywhere.
  • by samantha Location: nashville on Apr 12, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Where to apply for jobs for reopen of opry mills mall.

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