Colorado-based Maui Wowi franchise — which specializes in fruit smoothies and coffee grown in Hawaii — will open in the new Berry Farms development off Lewisburg Pike south of Franklin. This past August, the company opened its first Tennessee location in Mt. Juliet. The gourmet coffee blends include beans from four of the Hawaiian Islands: Kona, Molokai, Kauai, and Maui. The Nashville Scene has more here.
The Factory at Franklin is slated to host the inaugural Franklin Craft Beer Festival on Thursday, July 31. Organizer Matt Lowney wants to offer up to 30 micro-brewed beers at the event and hopes to draw between 400 and 500 attendees. Read more here.
Retailers in the CoolSprings Galleria rang up sales of $464 per square foot in 2013, which broke a record the mall set the year before. The 1.1 million-square-foot property ended the year fully leased for the fourth straight time but it's worth noting that growth has slowed: The $464 number was up just 1.1 percent from 2012. (On a CBL-wide basis, sales per square foot climbed 0.6 percent to $356.) That might help explain the flurry of activity since last summer from owner CBL & Associates, which has bought the former Sears store and secured both an American Girl store and a Belk expansion.
Two more food options are coming to Cool Springs in the shape of Indian eatery Bawarchi Biryani Point and Jamba Juice.
The Bawarchi location will be the first in Tennessee for a Texas-based company with national aspirations. The concept aims to bring fast-food Indian appetizers and rice pilafs and will have room for about 70 diners on Bakers Bridge Avenue just east of Interstate 65. Owners Kris Alapati, Kishore Tummala and Naga Pasumarthi say they want to have Bawarchi be a place “where buddies can hang out for a couple of quick beers, have some Indian appetizers, and still carry out food for the family.”
Less than three miles south, franchisee Fruitful Living will this spring open its second area store to go with its Elliston Place spot. Managing Owner Sam Whittier says heading to Franklin was "the next logical step" for his team, which has settled on space in the Spring Creek retail center adjacent to the Drury Plaza Hotel on McEwen Drive.
Kevin Walters reports that Franklin planning commissioners will vote this week on a proposal by Home2 Suites to build a six-story, 62,000-square-foot extended-stay hotel in Cool Springs. Home2 Suites' plans call for the project to include 105 rooms and a green roof and rise next to the Internal Revenue Service building on International Drive.
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