The hot chicken purveyors at Hattie B's are preparing to take over the space at 5209 Charlotte Pike from Nuvo Burrito owners Sean Perry and Tom Justice. It will be the concept's second spot. Perry and Justice, meanwhile, also will close the doors to their original spot in East Nashville later this month so that they can focus more on SoBro. Dana Kopp Franklin has the details here.
Eater Nashville reports the high-profile Gulch space previously home to Music City Flats (née Urban Flats) will reopen as City Fire, "an American comfort food restaurant and bar." No word yet on an opening date but the concept's managers are interviewing for the staffers they need.
Seattle-based Nordstrom announced Wednesday plans to open next fall a Nordstrom Rack at Brentwood Place in Williamson County. Baker Storey McDonald Properties manages Brentwood Place, with the outlet store to be located in an approximately 36,000-square-foot space.
"We are delighted Nordstrom Rack chose Brentwood Place for their first store in Tennessee," Carl Storey, principal at Baker Storey McDonald Properties, said in a release. "They are joining an outstanding group of retail merchants in one of the premier shopping destinations in the greater Nashville area."
Read more here.
Blue-chip retailers Bed Bath & Beyond and Gap are relocating their Murfreesboro stores into the Avenue shopping center adjacent to Interstate 24. Also moving into the 811,000-square-foot Avenue in the coming months are Gap Kids and Soma Intimates, a concept under the Chico's Brands umbrella.
H.G. Hill Realty Co. CEO Jimmy Granbery has been busy lately, overseeing the company’s multiple projects (including those in 12South, Hillsboro Village and Midtown), planning for new developments, closing on the purchase of a prime piece of Brentwood property and helping find a new executive director for the Metro Development and Housing Agency.
Post Managing Editor William Williams recently caught up with Granbery for a chat.
Hill Realty owns four sites in Germantown, including the Hampton Crane Services site that fronts Jefferson Street between Third and Fourth avenues north, two lots on Eighth and a very small lot at Third and Jefferson. Your thoughts on the possible redevelopment of those sites?
Both Rite Aid and Regions [on Eighth] are under lease and we have no immediate plans on either building. Hampton Crane is leased short term. With the recent announcement of the new Sounds stadium and surrounding development, we will step up our due diligence to determine the highest and best use for the site.
What is your take on North Nashville with the Sounds ballpark announcement?
The redevelopment of North Nashville is long overdue. It is clearly the best site for a stadium.
How many large-scale projects by various developers could be underway in the heart North Nashville by, say, this time next year?
There will be a lot of smaller projects but nothing will compare to the many facets of the baseball stadium project and all the buildings that will be constructed around it: (including a parking garage, residential and retail buildings, the state museum and the state library/archives building). Given the size and scope as presented this week in multiple presentations, it will be multiple projects under one umbrella.
Switching gears, Hill Realty — with its purchase this week of the Tennessee Baptist Convention property — now controls 32 prime acres in Brentwood. Do you anticipate a scaled-back version of The Streets of Brentwood? At the minimum, could there be a residential component?
Given the current 20/20 plan review underway by the City of Brentwood, we will watch very carefully how the plan evolves over the next few months. Our deal allows the Tennessee Baptist Convention to rent our building for up to a year so it is not urgent to start moving dirt. It is important that we get it right this time working with the Commissioners and the Citizens and create a product we can all be proud of for many years in the future.
Hill is focused mainly on urban projects. Brentwood is not urban. How could that dictate what you develop on the site?
Well, our site is certainly urban to the city proper, and the suburbs are now Cool Springs and farther south.
You were part of a MDHA search committee that recommended the board hire Jim Harbison as the new executive director. What might his vision be for the agency and how, given you have a developer perspective, do you see him positively affecting development?
I will let Jim speak for himself as it relates to his vision. With that said, his vision as expressed to the search committee and the board was a key part of his selection. Furthermore, his vast experience in development will be good for Nashville as well as MDHA. His selection is huge for our agency and, as I told the board and staff [Tuesday], I am really excited for the great staff at MDHA that they will have a new executive director with his qualifications and experience.
What, realistically, will be the next Hill Realty project to break ground? And when?
It’s likely that both our projects on Charlotte Avenue (at 40th Avenue and near Nashville West) will start next year. Both require a significant amount of infrastructure before we can go vertical with buildings. 2015 will be a huge year for our company if planning goes well over the next 15 months.
Our SouthComm colleagues Jack Silverman and Dana Kopp Franklin report on the Nashville Scene website that popular East Nashville coffeehouse Barista Parlor is opening a second location at 610 Magazine St. in The Gulch. The business will operate within the building formerly home to Golden Sound of Nashville and that sits east of the back side of the Icon condo tower (see image below courtesy of Google Maps with Icon at top left of photo). It will also accommodate Barista Parlor's roasting operations. (Read more here and here.)
The founders of Lenox Village-based Burger Republic are targeting a mid-January 2014 opening for their Gulch location.
Drew Jackman, co-owner with Jeff Warne, said the business partners originally had wanted the new Burger Republic to be open in the first floor of Pine Street Flats by the end of this calendar year. However, challenges regarding the placement of a grease trap will end up delaying the process slightly.
“We are confident for a mid-January opening,” Jackman said, adding that the team will start hiring in mid-December. He added that Burger Republic in The Gulch expects to have about 80 employees upon its opening.
The Burger Republic in Lenox Village opened in May 2012. Of note, Zagat.com recently had Burger Republic as its featured burger in Tennessee.
“It’s tremendously gratifying and humbling to be recognized after only a little more than a year of operations and especially considering that our Lenox Village location is not necessarily a central location,” Jackman said. “Our growth has been much quicker than we expected.”