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.
In a unanimous opinion released Thursday, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that a medical malpractice claim brought by a local couple against Williamson Medical Center must be dismissed because it was filed too late.
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Officials at the Defense Logistics Agency have granted Brentwood-based AMI Metals another year-long option to its contract to make various aluminum parts. The new work is worth $49 million and will be for several branches of the military.
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