Opry Mills

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Opry Mills
Opry Mills, Nashville, Tennesee 7-24-2009.JPG
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Opening date May 12, 2000 (original opening)
March 29, 2012 (reopening after flood closure)
Closing date May 1, 2010 (forced temporary closure due to damage from 2010 Tennessee floods)
Developer Mills Corporation
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 200
No. of anchor tenants 17
Total retail floor area 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2)
No. of floors 1
Website http://www.oprymills.com

Opry Mills is a super-regional shopping mall owned by Simon Property Group, formerly by its initial owners Mills Corporation and Gaylord Entertainment. It opened in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000 on the former site of the Opryland USA theme park.

The mall is adjacent to the Grand Ole Opry House and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Description[edit]

Prior to its temporary 2010-2012 closure, Opry Mills was a single level mall that contained over 200 stores (although no department stores), including Bass Pro Shops, Blacklion, Bed Bath & Beyond, Gibson Showcase, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, and Barnes & Noble. There is also a large food court that contains Which Wich, Chili's Too, T.G.I. Friday's, Burger King, and Villa Pizza. Johnny Rockets, Tony Roma's, Rainforest Cafe, Dave '& Busters, Aquarium Restaurant and Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurants are located outside the court.

The General Jackson and Music City Queen showboats, which operate on the Cumberland River, are docked just outside Opry Mills.

Other attractions include Regal Opry Mills 20 IMAX & RPX movie theater along with Romano's Macaroni Grill, Moe's Southwest Grill, Claim Jumper & Aquarium Restaurant in its Entertainment Area between Entry 5 and Entry 7.

Current/Returning Anchors[edit]

Former Anchors[edit]

Closure due to flooding[edit]

Flood waters from the 2010 Tennessee floods in early May reportedly reached as high as 10 feet inside the mall, and forced the closure of the facility temporarily. The entire property was remediated. In September 2010, restoration work was halted while litigation over insurance claims played out in court, and many of the mall's retailers sought locations elsewhere in the area, either permanently or until the mall is restored and reopened. The initial reopening date was set for August 2011, but that self-imposed deadline was not met due to the litigation.[1] There was speculation that Simon Malls may not reopen the mall at all, due to Simon Malls' choice to stop renovations to the mall during litigation. Simon Malls denied that it had plans to close the mall permanently.[2]

The Bass Pro Shops store reopened October 14, 2010 separate from the rest of the mall. When the mall reopened, Bass Pro Shops no longer had a passage to Opry Mills, due to a legal fight that ensued over the effects of the flood on the building. As of August 2014, it remains accessible only by its own exterior entrance, however signage within the Mall indicates the entrance will reopen 'Soon'. On November 14, 2011, Regal Cinema's Opry Mills Stadium 20 IMAX & RPX movie theater re-opened.[3] On November 18, 2011, Sun & Ski Sports reopened. On November 23, 2011, VF Outlet reopened. On November 28, 2011, Dave & Busters reopened.

On April 12, 2011, mall officials announced that a financing deal had been reached to resume reconstruction of Opry Mills, and the mall reopened on March 29, 2012, after two years of repairs,[4] with some of the anchor retailers opening sooner.[5] The property was given a facelift during the remediation, and featured a new logo upon its reopening.


Retailers that reopened before 2012[edit]

Mall entries[edit]

An entrance for the Opry Mills in 2005 (left) and 2013 (right)

Opry Mills has seven mall entries in its five neighborhoods.

  • Bandstand Entry 1-to Neighborhood 1
  • Porte Cochere Entry 2-to Neighborhood 2
  • Front Porch Entry 3-to Neighborhood 3
  • Garden Trellis Entry 4-to Food Court and Neighborhood 4
  • Entertainment Entries 5, 6 & 7-to Entertainment Neighborhood 5 (Entry 5 is to Barnes & Noble, Entry 6 is to Regal 20 Cinemas, Entry 7 to Aquarium Restaurant and Stingray Reef.)

H&M, Bass Pro Shops, Dave & Busters, Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, Bed Bath & Beyond, Forever 21 and VF Outlet also have exterior entrances.

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Coordinates: 36°12′11″N 86°41′34″W / 36.20306°N 86.69278°W / 36.20306; -86.69278