Hickory Hollow to close most stores within 60 days

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 6:09pm

Only 12 stores at Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch will remain open after 60 days, according to a spokeswoman for CBL & Associates Properties. 

CBL & Associates vice president for corporate communications Katie Reinsmidt told The City Paper that most of the mall's tenants will be closing over the next two months, some sooner than others.

Nashville State Community College purchased the former Dillard's space for use as a satellite campus, which is still scheduled to open this fall. The city also bought a former JC Penny building that will be used as a library and community center.

Reinsmidt said the store closures were necessary in order to reinvent the mall space. The company is “looking at all the options” for future uses of the mall and retail could be involved, she said.

“We are working closely with local officials to explore options that would recreate Hickory Hollow and allow the center to best serve the needs of the community,” Reinsmidt said in a statement.

A list of the 12 stores to remain open was unavailable as of Friday afternoon.

16 Comments on this post:

By: spooky24 on 6/2/12 at 5:28

"We are working closely with local officials to explore options that would recreate Hickory Hollow and allow the center to best serve the needs of the community,”

Which really means.

We are working closely with local officials to explore options, that include about 10 bulldozers, that would bury Hickory Hollow in the ground and allow the center to best serve the needs of the community, and get us off the hook.

sp

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By: tomw on 6/4/12 at 5:43

I am a local resident who has followed this topic closely over the past few months. The city has worked very hard, conducting meetings and workshops to determine what the best course of action will be to re-invent the area. Conspicuous in their absence has been CBL,the mall owners. CBL has been silent as far as I can tell in divulging any information or assisting the community in any efforts to determine the future of the property. I hope that they have been working behind the scenes with the city and council to develop a new and vibrant reaction and solution to the "indoor mall dinosaur" question. I hope that we will see the Crossings/ Hickory Hollow redevelopment as a blueprint for the future of Nashville.

By: BigPapa on 6/4/12 at 7:41

I hope they do take the thing down to dirt and start over. An old mall can really turn into a bad thing, trying to repurpose the buildings and such always feels like a square peg round hole situation.
Id rather see something brand new, than something old and half a$$ed. but then, this is Antioch, so old and half a$$ed is exactly what I'm expecting.

By: RTungsten on 6/4/12 at 8:33

I wouldn't expect anything grand from this mall closing. Maybe some low income housing or a giant tent for all the homeless to sleep under. Hope none of this property tax increase is going into that sinkhole.

By: Left-of-Local on 6/4/12 at 8:56

Here, here, BigP! That community has been allowed to become such a hellhole.

The notion of the area as a retail mecca is tired and long gone. Redevelopment needs to be focussed on living spaces and resources serving those spaces. As well as taking this opportunity to un-f*ck the intersections and I-24 exit. at Bell Road.

Will the city see (and take) the right course? Probably not. Will the cranky and whiney penny-pinching neoconservative blowhards fight any GOOD ideas? Most likely.

By: BigPapa on 6/4/12 at 9:25

Yes, retail FOLLOWS money, not the other way around. That area has no money, therefore it is dead as far as retail is concerned. Take it down to dirt, sell it off for a better purpose.

By: RTungsten on 6/4/12 at 10:23

Package it up with the old Starwood lots and let's build the ultimate Mexican themed village.

By: wretchasketch on 6/4/12 at 5:26

@RTungsten...lololol...:-)etc.

By: tomw on 6/5/12 at 6:03

RTungsten, BIg Papa et all,
It is attitudes like yours that are the real problem. You are willing to denigrate an entire community to promote your hateful viewpoint.
The mall is a dinosaur... yes. The area has been hit hard by the economy... yes. The people living here are a diverse mix...YES. Don't paint Antioch as some third-world haven. the predominant race in Antioch is Caucasian, followed by African American, Hispanic, Asian/other.
The community is working hard with the Metro government to revitalize this area that has a HUGE tax base through home and business owners.
At least be informed to what is going on before spouting hateful negative bile.

By: tomw on 6/5/12 at 6:03

RTungsten, BIg Papa et all,
It is attitudes like yours that are the real problem. You are willing to denigrate an entire community to promote your hateful viewpoint.
The mall is a dinosaur... yes. The area has been hit hard by the economy... yes. The people living here are a diverse mix...YES. Don't paint Antioch as some third-world haven. the predominant race in Antioch is Caucasian, followed by African American, Hispanic, Asian/other.
The community is working hard with the Metro government to revitalize this area that has a HUGE tax base through home and business owners.
At least be informed to what is going on before spouting hateful negative bile.

By: BigPapa on 6/5/12 at 6:57

Yeah it's allll about my attitude, not the crime, not the fact that there's no money in the area, and you my friend are the one to bring up race.
And btw it's not just me that will not drive to Antioch to shop.. everyone in Nashville voted with their feet. Take off the PC glasses and see the place for what it its:
Antioch was over built with the wrong mix of housing and apartments. (There appears to be ZERO level of planning, other than "planning" on which developer was paying off who in Metro to get their project done.)
The schools built were too small, so they are stacked with portables.
The explosion of the Nolensville Rd "Little Mexico" chased a lot of folks to Mboro and other burbs.
Combine all that with an aging mall, and you get a black hole of blight.

By: tomw on 6/5/12 at 8:12

just a few comments then Im done.
"mexican theme village"? thats not about race?
60% of the students at Nashville state are from our zip. that's why there is a campus here now.
Mom and pop stores striving to live the american dream in an affordable area.
The community has spoken LOUD and clear. no more apartments.
the school district has a lot of problems beyond available classroom space.
Antioch will be the East Nashville of the future. Remember when NO ONE would move there?

By: BigPapa on 6/5/12 at 12:14

If it can become East Nashville of the future that would be great, but here on the East side we actually have cool old homes that attract people, not tract housing. People are willing do deal with a lot to live in a Victorian from the turn of the century, not a tract house with vinyl siding from 1985.

I do think the older neighborhoods could become sought after if people decide they want a home with an actual yard and some space AND remember this... the east side was down a looooooooooooooong time before it started to come back. One could argue that it's still along way from "back". We are still missing white professional families. They leave as soon as they have kids.

btw: I never said anything about "mx theme village"..

By: tomw on 6/6/12 at 5:03

that was directed to R Tungsten. You just said "Little Mexico".

By: Left-of-Local on 6/6/12 at 9:00

Whoah, now... note sure how long TW or anyone else here has been here, but let me break this down reeeeeeal simple. This is not about race. It is about social groups.

Hickory Hollow, and with it most of Antioch, went downhill because of becoming an area dominated by pop-culture-focussed 18-20 year olds getting out of mommy's house for the first time and into their own apartment. And while the police and the city looked the other way (or were just too stupid to notice), HH became less of a suburban center and shopping designation, and more of a hangout for an increasingly-thuggy segment of young adults - REGARDLESS of color or creed.

NASHVILLE failed Hickory Hollow. Not the other way around. But that does not pardon the area from needing a sever kick in the ass to get back on track. And the retarded local choice to establish "Cane Ridge" (or as I like to call it, White Antioch), just furthers the look-the-other-way issue. At least the USPS was smart enough to tell them no on a fresh zip code.

HH is like any other problem area (see also Dickerson Rd), it needs INTELLIGENT measures, which are current and planned well, and the support (read: money, law) behind it to make it's turn. It will come around. It is just a shame that in this town we need abject failure and ruin before we will get something properly adjusted.