The Williamson County Economic Development team has its hands much more full these days than it did just a few months ago. Were they to all materialize, the almost 50 projects on the books — 30 of them active, half of them related to health care — would bring with them more than 15,000 jobs and almost 5.3 million square feet of space needs. That's up significantly from year-end 2012, as is the $346 million in investment the companies would bring with them.
Veteran local banker Tommy Adair has joined Franklin Synergy Bank as vice president and credit department manager. Adair comes to Franklin Synergy from struggling Community First, which has been shrinking its asset base to comply with regulators' capital level mandates. He started his finance career at the former Williamson County Bank.
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore on Wednesday delivered his State of the City address, highlighting among other things his administration's efforts to keep the city's infrastructure ahead of growth wherever possible. But he also touched on one item where the infrastructure has lagged: In the near future, Moore said he plans to be "addressing the when and how" of building a new City Hall to replace the current facility on the Public Square.
Southern Land announced today that Charming Charlie, the Houston-based fashion jewelry and accessory store, will open this fall a retail location that will serve as an anchor at Southside at McEwen in Franklin.
In addition, home decor and interior design center Pierce & Co. will open at Southside this summer. Terms of the leases are not being disclosed.
Charming Charlie, which will occupy 5,000 square feet of space, first received recognition in 2004 with a concept involving a storybook of accessories created through color coordinating trends.
Pierce & Co. founder Jonathan Pierce gained national recognition as the lead designer in CMT Ultimate Country Home series as well as HGTV’s Interior’s Inc. The company is Nashville-based.
The two retailers will join, among others, lululemon, Mountain High Outfitters, Posh and Whole Foods. Southside at McEwen was completed in 2012 and sits adjacent to the office building Southern Land sold last year for $40 million.
Williamson County resident John Hamilton has opened a franchise for Fresh Coat, a painting operation that handles residential and commercial work. Hamilton's team will cover much of the southern half of the Nashville area from Green Hills to Spring Hill. Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Fresh Coat Painters has about 100 franchises in almost 30 states.
“[T]he industry needs a new level of professionalism,” Brozek said. “Painting has suffered from a bad reputation because of fly-by-night operators. What we’ve found is that good painters want to work for a company that’s going to provide them with steady employment year-round. Clients benefit because quality painters do the work while owners handle the marketing and other business aspects of the company.”
The folks at casual-dining chain Granite City Food & Brewery are quite happy with the Cool Springs location they opened on McEwen Drive in February. In reporting that total restaurant sales rose from $28.6 million in the first quarter of 2012 to $35 million early this year, CEO Rob Doran says the Franklin restaurant posted "tremendous" numbers. See the company's full earnings report here.
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