The Metro Public Health department plans to take advantage of a shift in shopping habits that has left many aging malls looking for more non-traditional tenants.
It plans to open a new Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic at Hickory Hollow Mall in December, pending Metro Council approval.
The new clinic, which would be located in 2,809 square feet of space on the first floor of the mall, is made possible through a nearly $500,000 grant from the state, said Bart Perkey, director of health services access for Metro Health.
“We’ve known for a long time that a lot of our WIC participants live in the Antioch area, so when the opportunity became available through additional grant money through the state, we started looking for space,” Perkey said.
Approximately a third of the program’s participants, about 14,000, live in the immediate Antioch area.
Hickory Hollow Mall, like many others, has fallen victim to the shift toward outdoor lifestyle centers such as Providence Marketplace in Wilson County and The Avenue in Murfreesboro.
The department negotiated a reduced lease price of $22,472 per year, or $8 per square foot.
Resolutions to accept the grant and approve the lease are on the Metro Council agenda for the Oct. 20 meeting.
The WIC program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support and healthy food vouchers to expectant and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5 years of age with income falling below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
Currently there are three other WIC clinic locations, at the Woodbine Public Health Center, East Nashville Public Health Center, and the Lentz Public Health Center near Centennial Park.