Franklin-based Nissan Group said its dealers sold a little more than 103,000 cars in November, a drop of 3 percent from the year before but comfortably above Edmunds analysts' forecast of less than 98,000. The Nissan brand saw sales dip 2 percent, with the top-selling model Altima slipping 7 percent while sales of the Rogue SUV and smaller Sentra models more than offset drops in the number of Maxima and Juke cars shipped to consumers.
"Through November, Nissan has set an all-time yearly sales record in 2014, with a month still to go," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in a statement. "Over the next three months, we will look to keep our foot on the accelerator through high-visibility, big marketing moments, including Nissan's return to Super Bowl advertising for the first time in almost two decades."
During a marathon event held Tuesday afternoon announcing Bridgestone Americas' planned relocation of its headquarters into a skyscraper Highwoods Properties will develop in SoBro, multiple officials thanked seemingly hundreds of folks, noted how great our state and city are and gave the history of Bridgestone. All the while, they failed to mention multiple key elements of the project itself. But I was fortunate enough afterwards to locate two men who could fill in some of the blanks.
Mike Harris, Highwoods' Raleigh-based chief operating officer, and Brian Reames, senior vice president for the company's local office, provided the following information:
• The deal to land Bridgestone was about one year in the making.
• The future tower does not yet have a name.
• Highwoods and Bridgestone officials respect the work of architect Perkins + Will, the Chicago-based firm that previously designed for Giarratana Nashville office tower Sheet Music (which was to have risen on the site). Bridgestone and Highwoods had P+W take the previous iteration and modify it, eliminating its original curvature.
• On the design theme, Highwoods expects the tower to offer a retail space on its northeast corner (across from Etch) but will ensure that Bridgestone officials are comfortable with that component before finalizing.
• The building’s exterior will feature glass and metal. At 460 feet, the building would be Nashville’s third tallest (behind the AT&T Tower and the Fifth Third Center) if standing today.
• Recently, Highwoods acquired for $4.84 million a segment of the property from the aforementioned Giarratana Development. Company founder Tony Giarratana has ownership in Premier Parking, which is expected to serve as a parking consultant to Highwoods.
• Various Metro and state approvals are still needed but the process will not have to be fast-tracked. If all goes well, Highwoods can secure permits by late December and start on-site work by year’s end or in early January.
See various images of the tower and read more here.
(Image courtesy of Highwoods and Perkins + Will)
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