At some point, downtown Nashville will land a full-service mainstream grocery store to supplement the long-popular and diminutive Hill Urban Market in in the Viridian tower and natural foods fave The Turnip Truck in The Gulch.
Whether that store is a Harris Teeter (soon to be under the ownership hand of The Kroger Co.), Kroger, Publix or Trader Joe's is anybody’s guess. But there is no doubt the big boys in the grocery biz are looking at downtown Nashville. A July 29 piece by Channel 2 anchor Neil Orne quotes Rick Going, president of Kroger's new Nashville division, as saying the Cincinnati-based company will invest $70 million in the local market. (Read more here.)
The story ends with this: Kroger is also exploring the possibility of opening a store in downtown Nashville. (The company's Jefferson Street locale sits just outside downtown's boundary).
Intrigued, we contacted Melissa Eads, Kroger’s Mid-South Division spokeswoman. She said Kroger is not actively looking for downtown sites. However, she noted the company would “certainly be open to exploring any opportunities.”
When asked if Kroger might proactively target Nashville’s central core, Eads responded simply.
“We’re not ruling it out.”
Now you see it...
Dorsky + Yue International LLC — an architecture company with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Washington D.C. and Cleveland — has removed from its website an image of a massive mixed-use project seemingly planned for the site of the old Nashville Convention Center.
The rendering, seen below, was removed after the Post contacted the design firm this week. Dorsky + Yue officials did not return phone calls and emails seeking comment.
Prior to its removal, the project information section read as follows: “A mixed-use development that includes 105,500 SF of retail and entertainment, 140,000 SF of offices, 136 units of residential and a 350-key hotel.”
Note in the rendering what seems to be signage (on the light yellow building) for the proposed National Museum of African American Music and for a House of Blues venue (on the darker small building to the lower right) that has been mooted as a new anchor for the high-traffic corner across from Bridgestone Arena. The building with "Midtown" signage apparently sits at the northwest corner of the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue.
Noted clothing designer Manuel Cuevas will next month relocate his retail operations to Eighth Avenue and Broadway from Midtown. The high-profile space two blocks from the Music City Center — outlined in red in the photo below — formerly housed the International Art Gallery.