Situated on 27 acres just off Interstate 24 in Antioch, Hickory Hollow was once the place for Nashville shoppers. With more than 1 million square feet and 200 plus retailers, there was something for everyone.
Hickory Hollow Mall opened its doors to shoppers in Aug. 1978 along Bell Road in Antioch. At the time, it was the Mid-State’s fifth mall and was home to nearly 250 stores at its peak, a movie theater and arcade.
The mall’s design featured a two-story atrium hub and a T-shaped layout. According to Wikipedia, it held the title as the largest retail space in Tennessee for its first three years.
Over the years, the mall was home to stores like Dillard’s, Castner Knott, JCPenney, The Limited, The Gap, Bath and Body Works, Kirklands and more. It also underwent renovations in the early 1980s and an expansion in the early 90s. Additional renovations were made in the early 2000s, adding a children’s play area and updating the food court and mall’s décor.
Several shootings and a major increase in violent crimes in the Antioch area in general played a role in the mall’s fall, which began in the late 2000s.
By 2012, only 12 retailers remained opened to customers, according to Wikipedia.
Other shopping malls, such as Opry Mills in Nashville and the Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro also offered shoppers more options.
In 2006, after more than 20 years in the mall’s north wing, JCPenney shut its doors and reopened in the Providence Marketplace in Mt. Juliet. Other anchor stores would soon follow.
By 2009, the mall’s store occupancy fell below 70 percent, according to Wikipedia, and by the following year there were even less stores open for business.
Revitalization plans for the mall began in 2012. Then Nashville-Mayor Karl Dean announced a multimillion-dollar plan to transform the space into a mixed-use facility that would house a satellite campus for Nashville State Community College.
The mall’s name also changed to Global Mall at the Crossings after it was sold. A grand-reopening for the failing mall, which was rebranded as the state’s first “international mall,” was held in 2013. The mall became home to 20 restaurants and retailers, with the intention to expand, according to Wikipedia.
In 2013, the Nashville Predators and Nashville’s Metropolitan Sports Authority broke ground on a multi-million-dollar ice-skating rink on the north side of the mall. It has since become a hot spot for hockey fans, skaters and families.
Last year, IKEA pulled out of opening a location in Antioch, not too far from the Global Mall.
All day Thursday, News 2 is digging deeper into the ongoing evolution of Antioch. We’ll have special reports on the good, the bad and the future of the community beginning on “Good Morning Nashville.”