Business owner says holiday traffic hurts his business

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville business owner says the holiday traffic near Opry Mills and Gaylord Opryland Hotel is hurting his business.

Joe Hobbs owns four businesses near exit 11 off Briley Parkway, including John A’s.

He has been in the area for decades and says traffic around the mall is a problem every year during the holidays and it prevents customers from coming to his business.

“It’s a nightmare trying to get emergency vehicles through here or trying to get people to our business. They don’t come because they can’t get down here,” said Hobbs.

“On the weekends we’re probably down about 20 percent, which for a restaurant this size is pretty heavy for us,” he continued.

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is making changes to ease congestion.

In a statement, Jenny Barker, Director of PR and Marketing for Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center said, “With lower gas prices, improved consumer confidence in the economy and Nashville tourism on the rise, there’s been growing interest in all the Music Valley area has to offer.

She went on to say, “As part of Gaylord Opryland’s traffic plan, the hotel pays to have off-duty police officers assist with traffic detail until 8 p.m. on the weekends. Based on feedback from several community members, we are extending the traffic detail until 10 p.m. this Saturday night and requesting additional traffic detail for Sunday.”

Hobbs said this is a step in the right direction.

“It’s not going to get rid of the problem but it’s going to help the situation where traffic will flow a little bit better than what it was. People aren’t getting as frustrated as they were and honking horns, cutting people off and cursing out the windows at each other.”

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