Cranes are being erected at construction sites within two of the city’s most prominent mixed-use districts, signaling major on-site work is ready for the pair of projects.
Nashville-based Tri Star Energy opened last week its flagship Twice Daily retail business on West End Avenue near the Broadway/West End split in Midtown. Led by CEO Steve Hostetter, Tri Star owns 71 Daily's in the area.
The building on West End represents Tri Star’s first razing of a Daily’s and rebuilding to house a Twice Daily store and will serve as a test site for new food and product offerings. The remainder of the area’s Twice Daily stores have been remodels, with the rebranding of many Daily's stores to continue over the next couple of years.
Post Managing Editor William Williams recently chatted with Tom Woodard, the company's director of communications, to get his take on the new store.
The new store on West End represents Tri Star’s testing the Nashville’s urban core within the Interstate 440 loop. What is the significance of this?
It is actually the second inside of 440. The Eighth Avenue Daily’s store next to Zanies is now a Twice Daily. The West End store is our first raze and rebuild. The location is significant. We are excited to be a part of Midtown's and downtown’s growth. We are proud to be able to serve our guests in this explosive area of our city. We have been building this brand around the area over the last 2.5 years. This store is the next step in a long process that is being built by the efforts of a bunch of amazing people at Tri Star Energy.
The store will serve as a “test site” for new product offerings. Thoughts?
Absolutely. We are always working on our food offering to bring our guests fresh food fast just like they want it. This store will be a great vehicle to test new items. We are adding a pizza offering that will be delicious and made fresh all day. We will be testing other sandwiches and breakfast items as our guests continue to support our model of serving “Fresh Food Fast” for breakfast and lunch.
What type sales increases do you anticipate compared to when you operated the previous store?
We expect to see sizeable increases in traffic and sales at the West End location as we serve our guests in this area of town.
TriStar is looking for several hundred new full-time and part- time employees to keep up with growth. How will that unfold? How many new stores in the market?
While not set in stone, we anticipate converting 30 to 40 Daily's stores into Twice Daily stores over the next two to three years. This growth means hiring approximately 250 to 300 people during the same timeframe. We are looking to hire between nearly 100 people in all types of positions right now.
Twice Daily bills itself as “part fuel stop, part coffee shop, part bakery, part restaurant" with some nutritional items. Given the perception that convenience markets often sell many items that are anything but fresh, healthy and/or nutritious, do you get a skeptical reception to your description?
We are actually all of those things and the reaction we get is one of amazement. People are surprised that you can get this fresh of food in a convenience store. Once they learn about all we offer, they keep coming back. The culinary bar has been raised in Nashville and we are going with it.
What is your take on The Amp, which, if it materializes, would run outside your front door?
We support the decision makers and community members working hard to address the transportation options in our city today and for years to come. We trust that the outcome will benefit residents and business alike, and we are especially glad to be a part of the vibrant West End corridor.
Renasant Bank has secured a $4.17 million permit for the construction of its three-story local headquarters building to be located on the northeast corner of the 19th and West End avenues intersection in Midtown. The Parent Co. has the contract. Read more about the project here.
The architectural firm designing a Elliston Place-area residential building for Giarratana Nashville LLC and its equity partner, Chicago-based LaSalle Investment Management, has some concepts images of the structure on its website. The images are considered study models, according to Giarratana Nashville President Tony Giarratana. Marietta, Ga.-based Lucky Star Design Studio LLC is handling the design. Read more about the project here.
The Metro Council approved Tuesday night a resolution that will allow a major mixed-use project proposed for Midtown to move forward.
Specifically, the council voted to authorize Buckingham Management LLC to install balconies and awnings (referred to as “aerial encroachments”) within the public rights-of-way of Alley No. 447.
Buckingham Cos. plans to develop the building on the site, which is located at the intersection of Broadway, Division Street and 21st Avenue South and is partially home to Ken’s Sushi. (Read more about the project here.)
Buckingham Management LLC will be required to maintain a $1 million public liability insurance policy naming Metro as an insured party.
The Metro Planning Commission had already approved the aerial encroachment resolution.
Buckingham Cos. had wanted to break ground by early October, according to James Weaver, a Waller attorney involved in the project.
To front Division Street, the 17-story, 598,480-square-foot building will offer hotel, residential, office, restaurant and retail spaces. Its price tag is an estimated $120 million.
R.C. Mathews Contractor has secured a permit to construct a 38-room facility for local nonprofit The Next Door.
The contract is valued at $6.34 million.
To be located at 402 22nd Ave. N. on the northern fringe of Midtown and within the city’s medical district, the three-story building will offer a contemporary design (read more here). The Next Door assists women undergoing challenging life transitions.
The Next Door is moving from its home at the northeast corner of the Eighth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street intersection to make way for a Marriott hotel that Giarratana Nashville hopes to develop.
Louisville-based restaurateur group DC Management is planning a May opening for its Union Common in the Hill Center Broadway space under construction at the Broadway and Division Street split, The Tennessean reports.
Eater.org reports the restaurant will be a "steakhouse with European sensibilties." (Read more here.)