Longtime East Nashville eye doctor closes his doors

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After 35 years, an East Nashville eye doctor closed his doors for good Saturday.

Dr. Don J Fenn was a staple on Main Street, but he’s retiring early after a developer offered to buy the property.

It’s just the latest example in East Nashville where the old succumbs to the new demand in the neighborhood, which continues to attract young professionals and couples.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Dr. Fenn moved from Memphis to Nashville after medical school. He found a job at Horner-Rausch Optical in 1980.

He later married the owner’s daughter, who then bought the business from her father. The rest is history.

Recently, the couple says they were approached by the Baker twins, Andy and Chad Baker.

The purchase adds to their growing portfolio of Gallatin Pike/Main Street storefronts.

(Photo: WKRN)

“They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse,” Dr. Fenn told News 2. “But it’s bittersweet.”

The Fenns will spend more time with family and grandchildren but Dr. Fenn couldn’t help but tear up when thinking about what he’ll miss most.

“The patients,” he said. “Some of them have been kind of trying but most have been really, really good patients and I enjoy that.”

The Baker twins say they want to keep with the character of the neighborhood. They want to rent to local businesses looking for space.

The store will become a Pilates and massage studio. Dr. Fenn’s office doesn’t have a tenant yet.