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.
Though Sears officials are closing their conventional department store at CoolSprings Galleria later this year, the company wants to maintain a Williamson County presence.
Franklin Home Page is reporting the company is looking at opening a Sears Hometown Store in the county but needs a local owner/operator.
Sears has about 12,000 Hometown Stores nationwide. The stores focus on durable goods (appliances, electronics, tools, lawn/garden equipment, etc.) found in comprehensive Sears stores. In Middle Tennessee, both Dickson and Columbia have a Sears Hometown Store.
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The Battle of Franklin Trust has tapped longtime employee Eric Jacobson to be its CEO. Previously the Trust’s COO, Jacobson has been with the organization since 2006. He oversees operations of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation and is the author of three books, For Cause & For Country, The McGavock Confederate Cemetery and Baptism of Fire.
“This was a unanimous decision from the board,” said Marianne Schroer, the Trust's board chairman. “Eric’s guiding hand has led the Trust to record attendance and national recognition. He is truly a visionary and we look forward to continued growth in our charitable and educational missions.”
Downtown Franklin is getting a Kilwins Chocolates store at some point this year. Richel Albright at Franklin Homepage says the Michigan-based company will fill a prime Main Street spot occupied until late last year by a salon and day spa. Kilwins' only other Tennessee location is in Gatlinburg, but the company runs about 90 stores around the country.
Wade & Egbert Insurance Partners will move to Franklin from Green Hills, the company announced today.
The company, which has long been in Burton Hills, will begin operating at 3000 Meridian Blvd. in Suite 100 on Jan. 27.
In a release, Wade & Egbert officials did not disclose the cost of the move.
The move will come nearly one year after Wade & Egbert’s sale to Florida-based AssuredPartners Inc. (read more here) for an undisclosed sum. The companies have termed the deal a “consolidation” that allows Wade & Egbert to offer expanded services and resources to its customers.
“Our focus always has been, and always will be, on taking care of our clients, and this move will allow us to continue to grow our network of resources for them,” Bill Egbert (pictured), Wade & Egbert executive vice president and managing director of the Nashville operations, said in the release. “Our commitment to serve our clients is a quality our agency was founded on more than 100 years ago, and that commitment remains consistent.”
The insurance agency was founded 103 years ago in Nashville.
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