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Local businesses anticipate reopening of Opry Mills Mall

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Several Donelson businesses are anxiously waiting the reopening of the revitalized Opry Mills Mall.

The mall has been closed since the historic flood of May 2010 and its reopening undoubtedly have a ripple effect on the area's economy.

Lisa Neidert has been bartending at the Music Valley Drive restaurant Scoreboard for the last six years.

She told Nashville's News 2 her daily tips dropped to nearly half the amount following the closure of the mall but it's already started to turn around.

"We were getting some business, but I know it will be a lot busier once Opry Mills opens," she said, adding, "Actually it's started [to] pick up and I think it's from the workers from Opry Mills."

Ray Lackey and his coworkers are in town for two months working on the shopping center.

He said they have dined at Scoreboard several times.

"It's just right across the street and they have good food here so we come here quite a bit," Lackey said. 

Workers such as Lackey have packed the shopping center's parking lot.  They will soon be replaced with tourists.

"The retailers are starting to take over now, so we are kind of getting shoved out," Lackey joked.

Lackey said he will likely come back to Music City after his work is complete. 

"I think it is a tourist's draw with the mall being open. I think that everybody is going to benefit from that," he said.

Other already existing retailers in the area said they are also looking forward to the additional foot traffic.

The full 1.2 million square foot mall opens Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

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