Bright Future for Abandoned Shopping Center
It’s hard to miss the hulking shell of a once thriving shopping center just off the exit in Bellevue. This enormous building was once home to multiple department stores and dozens of smaller boutiques and restaurants. Now, only Sears remains. Reasons for the sharp decline of the Bellevue Center vary, with some citing the general decline of shopping malls everywhere as the main reason. Others suggest Nashville residents simply prefer to support local stores whenever possible. Then again, there’s the thriving stores of Nashville West Shopping Center that might have taken the last few customers Bellevue Center had. All others simply travel the few extra minutes to the Mall at Green Hills to get their fill of department stores.
Coming Soon: It’s a Secret
The future for the spot where Bellevue Center sits isn’t exactly a secret. Plans to introduce a mixed-use development are already under way. This community will resemble Mt. Juliet’s wildly popular Providence Shopping Center or Hendersonville’s The Streets of Indian Lake development. The land will see new life with apartments, retail spaces, restaurants, condos, and perhaps even some single-family homes. The potential for success with this locations proximity to the Interstate is huge.
No, what’s happening there isn’t exactly a secret, but no one yet knows which businesses and builders will call the new area home. The potential competition for retail and office space has everyone sitting close-lipped until the new construction can get under way.
Supporting the New Center
Seeing any new life come to the failed Bellevue Center is exciting for any Nashville resident, but those living near the future mixed-use development will benefit most of all. Shopping centers such as the one proposed will bring in more money, creating a better economy, which in turn raises property values. We’re sure some Bellevue residents simply can’t wait to see the new shopping center come to life.