OK, so it’s not a theme park, but for many moms it might as well be. Opry Mills mall is at the site of the former Opryland U.S. A. theme park in Nashville, Tennessee. And it’s been closed for almost a year now, ever since the Cumberland River left its banks and flooded many Nashville neighborhoods last spring.
The iconic Grand Ole Opry House and Gaylord Opryland Resort were damaged but have since reopened, as have many other businesses and attractions around town. But the Opry Mills mall still sits empty, surrounded by fences and a banner that tells passerby on the Briley Parkway that the mall is closed.
Some of the stores had relocated to other nearby shopping areas, and I was getting concerned that the mall might remain closed indefinitely, an eyesore in one of my favorite places. But yesterday, the big announcement came: Work will begin on Opry Mills, and the mall will reopen in Spring 2012.
I should note here that Bass Pro Shops – the theme park for dads – has reopened, but it’s the only thing open at the site.
Along with the re-opening will come some new stores, including a LEGO store, Coach Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Talbots, Chico’s, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Under Armour Factory House and White House Black Market.
My regular readers know that I am a frequent Nashville visitor, so I will keep you posted on the construction at Opry Mills!