The Tennessean• April 23, 2008
BRENTWOOD — More room to enjoy your quiche, a place to buy catnip, a Franklin favorite and an expanded space to ponder the great outdoors are all in the pipeline at two of Brentwood's busiest shopping plazas.
Brentwood Place, anchored by Kroger, TJ Maxx, Stein Mart and Office Depot, is just two weeks away from completion of an overhaul to the strip of storefronts on its north side, where Subway and Chile Burrito are situated.
Across the street a bit, the Hill Center, anchored by Fresh Market, is undergoing a few changes of its own. The Puffy Muffin restaurant reopened earlier this month after closing for a week to accommodate a full-scale renovation.
"We decided to switch things around so we would be able to give better service," said Jason Burns, Puffy Muffin's chief operating officer. "We wanted to change the flow of the restaurant and specifically address some areas where we felt our guests needed better access."
At Brentwood Place, Peter's Thai and Sushi will accomplish a similar goal when the eatery moves into a larger space next door to its current location in the under-renovation strip. Each business there is being completely refaced to produce a more "Main Street look," said Carl Storey, principal with Baker, Storey and McDonald Properties and leasing representative for the $2.5 million renovation project.
"They've had a lot of success where they are now and needed a bigger space," Storey said of Peter's.
Baker, Storey and McDonald also recently signed a lease with Brick's Cafe, located near Fieldstone Farms in Franklin, which will set up shop in one of the vacant units within the renovated strip. Storey said advanced negotiations are under way with another restaurant to join the lineup.
Additionally, 6,000 square feet of space being added to the 20,000-square-foot strip will be occupied by Pet Supermarket, which Storey said he expects to open by late May or early June.
Meanwhile, the REI in Hill Center has tentative plans to expand into the current Sherwin-Williams location, while the paint retailer will be relocating next door in the space that's been vacant since last summer.
A manager at REI could not specify when the changes might take place; however, Sherwin-Williams' move will be complete by April 30.