Years ago — and before the worst of the Great Recession — the owners of the CoolSprings Galleria had plans to build The District at Cool Springs, a 200,000-square-foot premium retail space for anchor stores, boutiques and upscale restaurants.
Though the plan never materialized, a recent move by mall owner CBL & Associates Properties got us wondering if The District at Cool Springs might be on the frontburner again. Specifically, Chattanooga-based CBL recently announced plans to create a 28,000-square-foot restaurant district at its Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Post asked Katie Reinsmidt, CBL's senior vice president of investor relations and corporate investments, if the company still views the Galleria as a promising property when it comes to expansion options.
“We are always looking at opportunities to enhance our mall properties and give our shoppers another reason to visit,” Reinsmidt responded via email. “Whether it is bringing in the latest retail name or exploring a potential development, our malls are dynamic and constantly improving. CoolSprings Galleria is a great mall that has a tremendous amount of potential for future growth.”
Uncle Bud’s has opened a restaurant in Cool Springs, marking the company’s sixth location.
The company that operates the down home eateries also has locations in Nolensville, Smyrna, Franklin, Donelson and Murfreesboro. Located at 401B Cool Springs Blvd. near Aspen Grove, the newest Uncle Bud's offers both a traditional menu — including catfish, southern fried chicken and hushpuppies — along with lighter options such as lemon pepper mahi and grilled or boiled shrimp.
“We’re really excited to bring Uncle Bud’s to Cool Springs,” Craig Dever, co-owner of Uncle Bud’s, said in a release. “The team has worked really hard to come up with a menu that is affordable and offers enough choices to accommodate the whole family. We’re famous for our catfish, the more health-conscious tend to love our grilled chicken and fish options, and we can’t keep the kids away from the free ice cream with purchase of a kid’s meal.”
The new location seats 96, offers an outdoor patio (pictured here) and features a “whimsical décor,” according to the release.
Florida-based European Wax Center will open its third Nashville-area location later this month in the Thoroughbred Village shopping center at Cool Springs Boulevard and Mallory Lane. The franchise is being run by Betsy Wigington (pictured), whose team is offering various free services the week of the March 17 before formally opening for business a week later. European Wax Center opened its first Middle Tennessee store in Green Hills almost two years ago.
Vanderbilt Health System CEO Wright Pinson spoke this week to members of the newly merged Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. His talk covered a lot of high-level policy ground and the strategic options for hospital players. He also discussed how the VUMC system plans to tackle the brave new world of health care post reform.
Then he switched gears a bit and filled in the crowd on his team's plans — announced in the fall of 2010 — to consolidate many of its Williamson County providers in one setting on the east side of Interstate 65. This is the first time we've seen the rendering below, which shows the $82 million complex from the east side as it will face Carothers Parkway.
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