A seven-year-old restaurant chain sporting a mountain lodge theme complete with "Lumber-Jill" outfits plans to open the doors to its first Tennessee restaurant next month. Twin Peaks is taking the place of the former Smokey Bones on Service Merchandise Boulevard just north of Moores Lane and will hire about 100 people.
The Tennessee Baptist Convention has begun drawing up plans to market its six-acre home office site at Franklin Road and Maryland Way. The move by the group, which was one of the first large commercial tenants in Maryland Farms, comes a few weeks after H.G. Hill Realty and GBT Realty said they would start tearing down the adjacent Murray Ohio building.
Randy Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, confirmed recent discussions with the two firms but said there is nothing pending. He anticipates taking the summer months to plot a marketing strategy to sell the property. Davis acknowledged that the redevelopment prospects at the neighboring site are exciting but said it was not a factor in deciding to sell.
“It’s reason to be optimistic,” Davis said. “That was just pure coincidence, the timing of it. If that were still the Murray Ohio property we would still be making this decision.”
Sodium, the Christian-oriented coffee shop and family gathering place on Columbia Avenue in Franklin, has closed its doors with immediate effect. The shop, which opened in late 2010 in a former warehouse space, isn't providing details, saying only that " Owners did recently poll their Facebook friends about a change in operating hours.
Jackson National Life Insurance says it will set up a new IT center at its regional headquarters in Cool Springs, a move that has it looking for 20 systems and programming employees. The insurer, a subsidiary of Britain's Prudential plc, says the expansion will lift its Franklin headcount to almost 300.
“The expansion will allow us to recruit from the Middle Tennessee area and the southeast region to find the skilled professionals necessary to build and maintain the complex technologies that provide Jackson with a competitive advantage. Our senior management team recognizes the importance of fostering technical innovation to continue to serve the needs of our customers and distribution partners in a proactive and efficient fashion.”
The Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Discovery will invest more than $7 million to move into space at the Cool Springs Life Sciences Center. The young initiative focused on brain disorders already has operations in two buildings on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center campus. Led by pharmacology chair Jeff Conn, the center last fall inked its first licensing deal with Karuna Pharmaceuticals out of Boston.
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