3 stores, movie theater to reopen at flooded Opry Mills - WKRN News 2

3 stores, movie theater to reopen at flooded Opry Mills


November is a big month for Opry Mills.  Floodwaters ravaged the shopping center in May of 2010, forcing it to close.

By the end of the month, three anchor stores and the mall's movie theater will join Bass Pro Shops, which opened just five months after the historic flood.

Mark Chapman, manager of the Regal Cinemas and IMAX Theater, couldn't be happier.  After all, he helped open the theater in 2000.

He told Nashville's News 2 he will never forget the flood and the first time he saw the building, five days later, ruined by water.

"It was surreal. The building, [it was] gone, quiet," Chapman recalled.  "We were the first to put our feed in the mud, so it was haunting."

Workers on Thursday were busy putting final touches on the theater.

"You can feel the energy," he said.  "The energy is coming back so we're excited about that."

In addition to the movie theater, Dave and Busters, located next store is also set to open this month.

Crews unloaded more than a dozen semi trucks full of new games, furniture and supplies Thursday.

"Honestly, the whole place looks different; the colors [and] the paint," Gary Passardi of Dave and Busters. 

The reopening of Opry Mills has been a long time coming and while the rest of the mall is still a few months away from completion, everyone is looking ahead.

"Everybody is excited to get back in here, from the employees trying to get back to work, to the community wanting to come back to the mall where they shop," Chapman said.

The mall's reopening has also been and will continue to be a big economic boost to the area.  Hundreds of employees have already been hired, but thousands will be needed to open and operate the shopping complex.

"We're very blessed and it's putting a lot of lives back on track," Chapman said.

Regal Cinemas opens to the public Monday, November 14 and will offer $2 movies and popcorn through November 16 with all proceeds going to charity.

Sun and Ski Sport and VF Outlet will also open later this month, on November 18 and November 23, respectively.  Dave and Busters opens November 28.

The entire mall is set to open March 29, 2012.

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