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Reports indicate that Antioch will get a new outlet mall. Meanwhile, another mall sits nearly empty – Global Mall at the Crossings.
Some Antioch residents can recall the glory days of what the Global Mall used to be – the Hickory Hollow Mall.
“Well back in the ’90s the mall was really alive and outgoing, you’d come out here and there’d be lots of people out here,” said Keith Haynie
Hickory Hollow closed in 2012 and reopened that year as the Global Mall.
“Nowadays you just hardly see anything,” said Haynie.
Metro Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell represents the district where the mall is located; she said residents want to see the mall redeveloped.
“The mall has not aligned to what the community’s goals are, and that’s why its struggled and been a failure.”
Inside the mall, News 2 saw empty storefronts and only a few restaurants in the food court.
Dowell said she’s tried for at least eight years to redevelop the inside of the mall.
“Those hallways were purchased by Dr. Aggarwal.”
She added that so far, Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal hasn’t agreed to sell the portions he owns.
“I think it’s being a little selfish to ask for an excessive amount of money and hold the community hostage the way he has.”
Back in 2012, Dowell worked with the Metro Planning Department to create renderings of what the space could become
“The key to our community and our success is retrofitting the rest of that mall. So when people talk about what will it look like? I think looking at 12th Avenue South… the Gulch. Looking at a lot of these spaces that have retrofitted areas like that to pedestrian-friendly, walkable communities – is what neighbors want to see.”
The plans created in 2012 never came to fruition, but other parts of the mall have been redeveloped.
“From those plans, we’ve seen great things come: the Ford Ice Center, Nashville State Community College, and we’ve seen Bridgestone.”
The Southeast branch of the Nashville Public Library was also brought to the area.
Dowell added that this successful economic development means that the Global Mall could be further redeveloped to benefit the community.
“This mall and this space, it doesn’t represent the best of Antioch. It’s really unfair to our community to have to drive by such a large blighted space.”
News 2 repeatedly reached out to the owner of the mall for comment. No one returned our emails or phone calls.