60-plus stores to return, open at Opry Mills

60-plus stores to return, open at Opry Mills (Image 1)

The Opry Mills Mall is on schedule to fully reopen March 29, nearly two years after floodwaters inundated Nashville and the sprawling shopping complex.

Friday, mall officials announced 60 new and returning retailers and restaurants.

“When people get in and see what this looks like they're going to be so thrilled at the great line up of stores,” Mall spokesperson Lynn Kittel told Nashville's News 2, “stores that we've not had before.”

Among the retailers scheduled to return include Aerie, Aeropostale, Body Central, The Children's Place Outlet, Claire's, dressbarn, The Finish Line, Fossil, Gap Outlet, Gymboree Outlet, Haggar, HANESbrands, Journey's, 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.

Stores such as Crazy 8, Express, Jones New York Outlet, P.S. from Aeropostale, Sunglass Warehouse, Tilly's and Wilk's Dugout will be new to the mall.

Bath & Body Works, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Elegance Perfumes, GNC, Opry Nail Salon, Perfumania, Spencer's Gifts, Tennessee Sports Fan and Yankee Candle will also be returning.

The openings of 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 were announced in recent weeks.

Restaurants to open or reopen at the mall include 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 Café, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company, Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and Which Wich.

Macaroni Grill, Rainforest Café and Aquarium Restaurant will also be returning.

Opry Mills has been closed since the historic flood in May 2010 severely damaged the property.

The mall will officially reopen on Thursday, March 29 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a series of celebratory events in early May.  

“I think we were the last piece of the puzzle after the flood and I think this sort of closes the book on that,” Kittel continued, adding, “I think people are really looking forward to that and we'll really be celebrating it.”

Sun and Ski Sports, VF Outlet, Dave and Busters and the mall's movie theater reopened last October and Bass Pro Shops has been open since September of 2010.

Read more at OpryMills.com.

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