Monday, March 12, 2012

Opry Mills to reopen on March 29th

by Jimmy Settle - Leaf-Chronicle

NASHVILLE, TENN. — One of the most popular shopping malls not only in Middle Tennessee, but the entire Southeast region, makes its triumphant return on March 29 after succumbing to Cumberland River flooding in May 2010.

Opry Mills in Nashville will reopen for business March 29 with more than 60 new and returning retailers and dining options added to its already-announced lineup of outlet stores including Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach Factory Store, Cole Haan Outlet, J.Crew Factory, Lucky Brand Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Tommy Bahama Outlet.

The opening comes with an official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a series of celebratory events running through early May. Opry Mills has recovered after a major flood event – the same Cumberland River flood, in fact, that also victimized stores and restaurants along Riverside Drive in Clarksville in May 2010.

New to Opry Mills will be more stores such as Crazy 8, Express, Jones New York Outlet, P.S. from Aeropostale, Sunglass Warehouse, Tilly’s and Wilk’s Dugout. “The excitement continues with the return of several familiar names to Opry Mills not previously announced such as Aerie, Aeropostale, Body Central, The Children’s Place Outlet, Claire’s, dressbarn, The Finish Line, Fossil, Gap Outlet, Gymboree Outlet, Haggar, Hanes brands, Journeys, Justice, Lane Bryant Outlet, Levi’s Outlet, Nautica Factory Store, Old Navy Outlet, Pacific Sunwear, Papaya, Rack Room Shoes, RCC Western Wear, rue21, Skechers USA Outlet, Wet Seal and Wilson’s Leather Outlet,” representatives for the shopping complex said in a news release.

Other returning retailers will further enhance the Opry Mills shopping experience.

“These many new store announcements fuel the momentum to reopen as one of the most popular shopping destinations in the United States,” said Jad Murphy, general manager at Opry Mills. “Opry Mills’ visitors will enjoy our unique brand of shopping with the best mix of outlet and value retail stores, plus great dining options.”

In addition, Murphy said shoppers will be welcomed back with many new and returning casual dining options including Burger King, Charley’s Grilled Subs, The Cookie Store, Dairy Queen, The Great American Cookie Company, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great, It’Sugar, Kelly’s Cajun Grill, Maki of Japan, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Panda Express, Pyramids Cafe, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and Which Wich. Plus, the return of Macaroni Grill, Rainforest Cafe and Aquarium Restaurant “will allow shoppers to enjoy a full-service dining experience,” he said.

Five major anchors, Regal Cinemas Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, Dave & Buster’s, VF Outlet, Bass Pro Shops and Sun & Ski Sport, opened in time for the 2011 holiday season and are already enjoying success at Opry Mills, Murphy added.

The grand re-opening of Opry Mills comes nearly two years after the historic flood in May 2010 ravaged areas of Clarksville and Nashville and submerged Opry Mills, considered one of Tennessee’s top tourist attractions. Construction on the landmark property began in April 2011.

Opry Mills is located seven miles from downtown Nashville, between Interstates 40 and 65, and is within walking distance of the Grand Ole Opry and the 2,800-room Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

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