100 Oaks to Get Revamped

100 Oaks

100 Oaks has long been on life support — rapidly nearing “dead mall” status. With anchors uprooting and other tenants fleeing like rats off a sinking ship, things were not looking good for Nashville’s oldest mall. But it looks like sunny days may be here again. (How many metaphors can I toss into this introduction). The Nashville Post is reporting that the mall will be bought sometime next week and heavily renovated:

Sources say the mall could get new retail tenants. Retail names that have floated around include Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City and Kohl’s. And unused portions of the mall would be opened for office use. As much as 135,000 square feet of office space is being marketed. Brokers say CB Richard Ellis is involved with the deal, but representatives at the firm wouldn’t comment.

This is good news for the area. Sounds like investors are getting savvy to the Berry Hill/100 Oaks area revival. They just better not touch TJ Maxx. I’ll be pissed.

10 Comments so far

  1. Phil Wilson (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

    Isn’t this the ninth or tenth time it’s been revamped?

  2. jag (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    Please, no Wal-Mart. Go with Kohl’s, and leave Burlington where it is. Maybe clean it once in a while, though.

  3. Rachel (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    Wal-Mart – boooo!
    Target and Kohl’s (good petite section) – Yay!

  4. debra (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    i remember in my teens , back in the mid 1970’s going out to trips to the 100 Oaks Mall and then again in the 80’s and lastly to its latest reincarnation.

    100 Oaks will make a comeback.

    There are 2 other areas that contained Malls that did not last . One was the Church Street Mall, the Down Town Library is now in that space.

    And the other mall was the the one located at Metro Center, where Watkins School of Art is now located . . It was quite pretty with the turquoise roofing and it always seemed busy with small stores and one movie theatre. I remember watching the movie, ” Sex, Lies and Videotape” at that theatre. Memories….

    What makes for longetivity?


  5. Jack Shell (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 11:31 pm

    With Berry Hill becoming what it has become in the last five years, and the neighboring Home Depot, Expo Design Center, and Carmax, 100 Oaks could be the feline of malls. This renovation COULD be just the thing to officially revitalize not only that old mall (which was Nashville’s first enclosed mall), but the area overall. Berry Hill could totally use a Target, a nice supermarket other than Kroger on Franklin Road, and the only Kohl’s stores in Metro are at Cool Springs and Hermitage. Yay for redevelopment of a viable retail property. Now, if they could get better access off of I-65, then they’d really be in business.

    I once read somewhere that the reason 100 Oaks struggled for many years was over politics. There was originally no access to the mall from the interstate when I-65 opened in the early 1970s. The only method of getting to 100 Oaks was via Thompson Lane, which curiously also did not have an interchange constructed to I-65 despite its status as a main thoroughfare. Part of the reason: Nashville Mayor Richard Fulton was an investor in another retail project called Rivergate and was able to block interstate access to 100 Oaks.

  6. Jon (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    This is fantastic news. I’m not in Berry Hill exactly but I’m just down the street in Woodbine so I’m in and around the area constantly, it would be great to have something useful there other than for the movie theater & CompUSA.

    Target would be just about perfect. Add a Best Buy and we’re really getting somewhere. Or for groceries maybe, we could *really* use a Publix in the area. Then if they could attract an “upscale fast food” eatery or two (Panera, Pei-Wei, etc) … and maybe a Barnes & Noble?

    Wal-mart would be a terrible choice, but I doubt that’s the direction anyway, what with them already building the new Super WM on the old Harding Mall site.

  7. Anonymous Broker (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

    The buzz in the real estate community is that the second floor of the property would be converted to over 100,000 SF of office space, with the rejuvenated lower level going to more high-end big box retail. Word on the street has the money coming from outside Nashville with a local operating partner in the mix.

    We’ll see what happens.

  8. Jack Shell (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 12:13 am

    Is Nashville still too small for a Crate & Barrel or IKEA? I would think that 100 Oaks would be ideal for such retailers.

  9. mari (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 8:25 am

    I thought 100 Oaks had been laid to rest a few years ago. Are there any stores still surviving in the actual mall? I’m excited to see changes. I like when Nashville improves itself!!

  10. Kate O' (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 8:39 am

    Great news! I hope there’ll be room for some stores with local character, as that’s been a major factor in Berry Hill’s revitalization. Across Thompson Lane, you’d have all the character of Baja Burrito, Curious Heart, Sam & Zoe’s, eden, Luna, and all the rest of those great stores while the mall would be stuffed full of national chains. Maybe that’s a good mix, I don’t know, but it feels like there should be some local biz crossing over Thompson Lane and expanding to the other side.

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