Courtesy of examiner.com
After torrential flooding overtook Opry Mills forcing it to close in May 2010, the retail, restaurant and dining destination will host a grand opening celebration complete with activities and new and returning vendors.
Beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, the Tennessee-inspired Grand Re-Opening, which will kick off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony, will also feature a series of fashion, lifestyle, musical and family-friendly events running through early May.
“For nearly two years, local residents and Nashville visitors looking to enjoy the true Music City experience have been eagerly awaiting the return of Opry Mills,” said Gregg Goodman, president of The Mills.
“Opry Mills is coming back strong with an impressive list of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, enhancing the local economy through new job creation and increased tourism.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony will mark this milestone occasion at 9:30 a.m. on opening day with Nashville and state officials, local business and community leaders and a team from The Mills and Simon Property Group, a news release announced.
Throughout the weekend, shoppers will enjoy entertainment, special retailer promotions, incredible incentives and hourly giveaways including thousands of dollars in Simon American Express gift cards.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean pointed to the economic benefits of Opry Mills’ re-opening, from sales tax revenue to employment opportunities.
“We are starting to see improvements in sales tax collections as stores at Opry Mills are reopening, and I look forward to its continued prominence as a leading driver of retail sales in Davidson County when it formally reopens,” Dean said.
“Seeing the mall come back to life is an important piece of Nashville’s flood recovery. The mall is a big draw for both local shoppers and visitors and is a major employer for our residents, and the reopening is nothing but good for the city’s economy.”
This coincides with the national sales month-over-month increase of 1.1 percent to $407.8 billion, as announced by the U.S. Census Bureau regarding the U.S. retail and food services for February, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes.
Compared to February 2011, last month’s sales increased 6.5 percent, according to the data. Total sales for December 2011 through February 2012 period were up 6.4 percent from the same period a year ago.
“Retail sales showed continued progress last month, and sales in December and January were higher than previously estimated,” said Commerce Secretary John Bryson. “Gains were seen in virtually all retail categories, but work remains to ensure we’re supporting an economy that’s built to last. The U.S. economy has added private sector jobs for 24 straight months, creating more than 3.9 million payroll jobs.”
Opry Mills shoppers can enjoy fashionable roster of stores including its newest retail offerings such as Coach Factory Store, Coach Mens Factory, Express, The LEGO Store, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Vera Bradley and more. Favorites like Banana Republic Factory Store, Fossil, G by Guess, Gap Outlet, J.Crew Factory, LOFT Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store and XXI Forever will all return to Opry Mills.
Additionally, delicious dining options such as Aquarium Restaurant, Claim Jumper, Dave & Buster’s, Johnny Rockets, Rainforest Café and Romano’s Macaroni Grill, will add to the shopping experience.
For more Opry Mills’ Grand Re-opening information, including a list of new and returning retailers visit www.oprymills.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OpryMills