The community takes its name from Antioch, Turkey, an ancient city in Anatolia. As recently as the 1960s Antioch was a small community catering to the needs of area farmers with amenities such as a feed mill. Adjacent to Bakertown (a similar small community), it was located on the banks of Mill Creek, a minor tributary of the Cumberland River that rises near Nolensville, several miles to the southeast.
In the 1970s, Antioch experienced explosive growth, largely due to the expansion of the Nashville sewer system to the area and the availability of large amounts of former farmland, which made possible the construction of many low-rise apartment complexes,
The most important business concentration in Antioch is Global Mall at the Crossings, formerly Hickory Hollow Mall, which opened in 1978. As Hickory Hollow Mall, it was a regional shopping mall with a gross leasing area of 1,107,476 sq ft (102,887.9 m2), more than 140 stores, and 5,795 parking spaces. Anchor stores included Sears, and Macy's. As of late 2008, the mall had seen an increase in store closures, including larger stores such as Dillard's and Linens 'n Things.[not in citation given] A Walmart Supercenter and many new strip malls have also opened in the area. Large-scale home builders such as Beazer and Centex Homes have constructed many new subdivisions. As of February 2013, Target left the Antioch area. Recently there has been a fierce resurgence of growth. CHS is building a call center to have 2000 jobs on part of a 300-acre tract developed by Oldacre, McDonald LLC. The southeast library had moved to Antioch adjacent to the mall, along with the Ford ice center. A state of the art community center shares the same building as the library which was formerly the Dillard's section on the old mall. Most recently the DMV located a full service driver license testing station in Antioch. Metro greenway projects run along mill Creek and massive Park space had been purchased by metro parks near Cane Ridge High School.
Starwood Amphitheatre, Nashville's former primary outdoor music venue, was located in Antioch. The amphitheatre was closed prior to the 2007 season, and has since been demolished.
- "Antioch History". Antioch High School Alumni Association., Retrieved 2013-05-29. The area continues to experience some of the highest growth rates in Nashville-Davidson County. <re Antioch/Priest Lake Community Plan: 2003 Update, Main Plan Document, page 5. (Page 137 of PDF retrieved on January 24, 2011.)
- "Fact Sheet - Hickory Hollow Mall". CBL and Associations Properties. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012.
- National Association of Free Will Baptists