Brookdale Senior Living has put a bow on its acquisition of rival Emeritus, a nearly $3 billion deal that creates a company with more than 1,100 properties in 46 states. As part of the purchase, Emeritus President and CEO Granger Cobb, pictured here, has joined the board of Brentwood-based Brookdale.
SEE ALSO: Brookdale inks Emeritus purchase deal from back in February
Within the past 12 months or so, Nashville has become a target location for companies that own and operate boutique hotels.
During this time, three boutiques have been announced for the city and two others are seemingly being considered — all five in the central business, no less.
With this in mine, a friend recommended I contact the folks with Portland, Oregon-based Ace Hotel (read more here) to see if they are honing in on Music City. My friend (who will go unnamed) is very attuned to out-of-town entities eyeing our city and, for example, had heard 21c Museum Hotels officials were looking at Nashville long before any local media reported so.
So I reached out to Ryan Bukstein, the director of public relations and marketing for Ace Hotel’s in-house PR firm Atelier Ace. He emailed me the following:
“We are not confirming any plans for future hotels other than Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, which is planned to open in Mid 2015.”
Of note, I recently contacted a spokesperson for the aforementioned 21c Museum Hotels, who flat-out denied in an email the company was planning to open a hotel here. Shortly thereafter, 21c Museum Hotels, which is Louisville based, announced it would be Nashville bound.
As to Ace Hotel following suit, …
Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group Inc., is targeting a September opening for its Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott nearing the end of construction on Division Street in The Gulch.
Originally, the company had eyed a mid- to late-spring opening.
Andrew Hibbard, Vision Hospitality director of investments, said the hotel will have a rooftop space called Up, which will offer small plates of food and a bar.
“The views are incredible,” he said.
Vision Hospitality will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the eight-story hotel.
The leaders of Bert Fish Medical Center in Northeast Florida have narrowed to four the number of suitors with which they will talk about a partnership or acquisition. Not among them is HealthTech Management Services, the Brentwood-based company formerly known as Brim Healthcare that helps run 60-some hospitals around the country. Bert Fish execs had been in talks with Health Management Associates last year but those ended after Franklin-based Community Health Systems bought HMA.
The Mall at Green Hills has reopened following a water problem.
From mall officials:
The Mall at Green Hills is now open. Due to individual water conditions in each location, select restaurants and stores may not re-open with the mall at this time. We encourage customers to reach out to individual stores, particularly restaurant establishments, to check their specific operations.
The Mall at Green Hills has been closed due to an area-wide water outage, the facility announced this afternoon in a release.
Local media are reporting Metro Water Services crews have located a break in the water main servicing the Thompson Lane pumping station. The break has caused outages in various parts of South Davidson County.
“We are committed to providing our customers, both shoppers and employees, a safe, enjoyable shopping environment,” Kimberly Shadwick (pictured), The Mall at Green Hills' general manager, said in the release. “With no running water available in the mall to service both those customer bases, we had to make the unfortunate decision to temporarily close the mall until water is restored.”
Nashville-based boutique developer Evergreen Real Estate is targeting an October opening for its two-story mixed-use building to accompany the Gale Park neighborhood in Melrose.
The building (seen below) is located on the northeast corner of the Gale Park site and fronts the surface parking lot that services a recently renovated Kroger, among other retailers. It will be home to both retail and office space (including the Evergreen office). For the past approximately three years, the boutique development company has operated from the leasing office in its Germantown Place building fronting Jefferson Street on the city’s north side.
For the project, Parkside Builders has served as the general contractor, with DA|AD as the architect.
“We wanted something cool and that would transition from the Kroger building to the Gale Park houses and pick up some design elements of both,” said Aaron White, Evergreen co-principal with Hunter Connelly. “There was a lot to pull off, and DA|AD nailed it.”
The structure, which remains unnamed, carries an approximately $1 million price tag. Evergreen will operate from about a third of the 3,000 square feet on the second floor, while the aforementioned Parkside Builders, which served as general contractor for the recently completed Gale Park, will occupy about half of the first floor.
HitShop Records has restructured its promotional and marketing departments to focus on streaming, satellite and syndication platforms as it prepares for its 2015 release schedule, musicrow.com reports. As part of the restructuring, various HitShop Records employees have left the company. Read more here.
A small space located between The Melting Pot and The Old Spaghetti Factory on Second Avenue downtown will soon be home to Hob Knobs, a martini, whiskey and cigar bar, eater.com reports. Cumberland Hospitality Group, Barrett Hobbs' entity that owns and operates various Nashville watering holes (including Whiskey Bent Saloon and The Silver Dollar Saloon), is handling Hob Knobs. Read more here.