Real estate company behind Tanger Outlet Malls buys Century Farms land in Antioch

Fox 17 News

Hickory Hollow Mall closed years ago, leaving Antioch in a financial slump. But, a new mall could be on the way.

When Hickory Hollow Mall shut down, city leaders tried to make the best of the space, flipping it into a hub for many stores, a school and even a library, but some say the area has never rebounded. The possibility of a new mall moving into the area has longtime residents saying it's what they have been waiting on.

Karen Kelley has lived in Antioch all her life and remembers the area before all the hustle and bustle.

“Back then, this was farmland. There was nothing but cows,” said Kelley.

Over the years, people and businesses rushed to the southern suburb, and then came Antioch Mall.

“Everybody was excited to have a mall," said Kelley. "That mall was thriving for so many years. I even worked in that mall for a while."

Gentrification and crime pushed people out of the area. When they left, so did businesses like Hickory Hollow Mall, delivering a major blow to the area’s economy. But, there’s some good news. A new mall could come to town.

“I’m excited. I can’t wait,” added Kelley.

The real estate company behind the popular Tanger Outlet Malls recently purchased the 300-acre Century Farms land off the I-24 Hickory Hollow Parkway exit. It’s the same land where IKEA was slated to go before the company ditched the plan. Antioch would be the Tanger Mall’s second Tennessee location. The other is in Sevierville. Shops like Osh Kosh B’gosh, Wilson’s Leather, Banana Republic and Forever 21 could move into the area.

Sports bar owners Ashley and Robert Gaddy say that mall could serve up big business for their Antioch eatery Donk’s on Murfreesboro Road.

“Businesses like that are going to attract traffic off the interstate and people traveling through," said Robert Gaddy. "It’s going to be huge for the Antioch area in general, not just me but everybody."

The husband and wife team moved their sports bar from Nashville to Antioch two years ago when the Nashville market became overcrowded. Gaddy says he saw Antioch was an up and coming area and beat others to the move.

“There is a lot of opportunity here. I think everyone counted Antioch out and all the big box stores were leaving, but there are people here that need services,” said Gaddy.

The potential Tanger mall is still in the early stages and has many approvals to go through with the city before residents could see the dirt turn.

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