July 9, 2008

Green Hills - Ten Thousand Villages area to expand

Ten Thousand Villages plans to expand
The Tennessean• July 9, 2008
With the planned renovation and construction at Hillsboro Plaza slated to begin later this year, Ten Thousand Villages has no desire to relocate.
In fact, with renewed lease in hand, officials are in the process of drawing up some plans of their own. According to store manager Lisa Pierce, a Green Hills resident, the store hopes to expand.
"We want to be able to offer more of a selection," Pierce said. "Although we are still very early in the planning stages, we are very excited about some of the ideas being discussed for the project." Although it is one of 150 nationwide, the Green Hills store is the only Ten Thousand Villages in Tennessee.
"This store is unique to the Nashville market," Pierce said. "Jewelry and personal accessories are our top departments, but we have everything from home décor to musical instruments."
Change is coming David Crabtree, executive vice president of Brookside Properties, says the corner of Hillsboro Road and Richard Jones Road will change dramatically to a pedestrian-friendly, accessible, connected, highly landscaped, mixed-use development called Greenbrier Village of Green Hills.
The property will look significantly different by the end of 2009, and the project will be completed in 2011, he said.
Crabtree has been renewing leases for some of the current tenants, including Donut Den and Levy's. He has also spoken to some of the retailers to be displaced about moving to another part of the property once the construction is completed, but it's not clear who's staying and who's going.
The building housing Donut Den, which also houses Ten Thousand Villages, will be completely renovated, Crabtree said.
Some buildings are scheduled to be torn down, and construction will start in the fall for renovations to Green Hills Office Park, 2002 Richard Jones.
For Ten Thousand Villages, the changes are coming on the heels of an international award.
The company was recognized last month as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by The Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine.

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