Business owners speak out against crime stigma around Hickory Hollow

Business owners speak out against crime stigma around Hickory Hollow (Image 1)

It is one of Nashville's fastest growing areas and now there's a plan to bring new life to Antioch.

Metro plans to build two new hockey rinks in the parking lot of the former Hickory Hollow Mall. The Nashville Predators will manage the facility.

The plans also feature a new library, a community center, and a park, but can the area overcome a negative image?

It is an area sometimes associated with crime, but how do the numbers for Antioch add up?

The numbers show crime has been an issue for this area particularly near this newest development.

However, area business owners believe Antioch has a lot of potential, especially since it is one of the fastest growing communities in Nashville.

The business owners do acknowledge crime has been an issue for some time, but added that it is no different from any growing metropolitan area.

According to, an online crime map which tracks criminal activities reported by different law enforcement agencies. including Metro police, it states the following crime stats of popular area malls from year to date (June 17, 2012 – June 17, 2013).

Crime Reported with a one-mile radius:

  • Global Mall at the Crossings – 422
  • Rivergate Mall – 399
  • Opry Mills Mall – 202

Area business owners told Nashville's News 2 crime typically follows regional shopping centers.

“I haven't had any crime issues. I haven't seen anything that was scary. We spent six months to a year researching the area talking to people making sure we had a good solid plan before we opened up,” said David Swett Jr. Owner of 360 Burger.

“You have great infrastructure, we're seven miles from downtown, seven miles from the airport, 150 thousand cars a day on I-24 you're right between Murfreesboro and downtown. The fastest growing community in middle Tennessee what's not to like,” said Ben Freeland owner of Freeland Chevrolet Superstore.

Business owners like Freeland said Metro police's involvement with keeping the community safe has been a vital part of this promising community's success thus far.

If the project is approved by the Metro Council, the hockey rinks, library and community center could be open by August of 2014.

Related Stories:

  • June 17, 2013: Mayor Dean announces plans for hockey rink at former Hickory Hollow Mall
  • June 16, 2013: New community hockey center to announce plans Monday
  • May 15, 2013: Hickory Hollow Mall reopens as Global Mall at the Crossings
  • April 1, 2013: 60 stores to move into old Hickory Hollow Mall
  • Jan. 9, 2013: New Hickory Hollow owners have big plans for mall
  • Oct. 31, 2012: Hickory Hollow Mall sold for $1 million
  • June 3, 2012: Hickory Hollow Mall retailers uncertain about future plans
  • June 1, 2012: Hickory Hollow Mall moves forward with redevelopment plans
  • April 24, 2012: Plato's Closet plans to move to new location
  • April 16, 2012: Meeting allows Antioch residents to voice opinion on city's future
  • April 14, 2012: Antioch Best Buy 1 of 50 stores closing nationwide
  • April 5, 2012: Antioch looks to expand, develop community
  • Jan. 16, 2012: City officials expect Hickory Hollow to make comeback
  • Jan. 4, 2012: Macy's to close at Hickory Hollow Mall
  • Dec. 29, 2011: Sears, Kmart stores to close in Mid-State
  • Dec. 7, 2010: Metro Council defers vote on Hickory Hollow leases
  • Nov. 17, 2010: Business owners back Mayor Dean's Hickory Hollow plan
  • Sept. 10, 2010: Mayor unveils revitalization project for Hickory Hollow Mall
  • Aug. 4, 2010: Dillard's to leave Hickory Hollow Mall
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