Urban Outfitters opening in The Gulch

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 12:41am

The Gulch has landed its first national retailer, an apparel and furnishings store that targets the trendy crowd. But it means the concert venue City Hall goes away.

Marketstreet Enterprises, The Gulch developer, announced that Urban Outfitters has leased the 12,000-square-foot space, marking the first Tennessee store for the company. The chain has nearly 100 stores in major markets around the United States.

The store is set to open early next year.

Meanwhile, City Hall will book the venue for concerts through the end of its lease in mid-September. Austin Ray and Benjamin Goldberg, owners of BarTwenty3 across the sidewalk from City Hall, have operated the venue for three years.

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By: mccullochd on 12/31/69 at 6:00

City Hall is closing? Just what Music City USA needs, one less venue to see a concert.

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

newyorker1, i know this excites you. This excites me, not because I will shop there, but because I love high end retail coming downtown!

By: mccullochd on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Urban Outfitters is considered "high end"? Expensive? Yes. High end? Not so much.

By: Funditto on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Yay!

By: PDL on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Not so much high end, but good for the city's cool factor. The downtown part is important.

By: BlueInTn on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hooray! Now bring on Crate and Barrel and Room & Board

By: Avi Poster on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Am EXTREMELY disappointed that City Hall is closing. This is a first class run efficiently and with great class by Goldberg and Ray. As its size is perfect for outstanding touring acts, at reasonable prices, that do not require larger spaces, its absence will leave a huge gap in the entertainment scene. Besides ... Goldberg ran this place with a heart ... opening it up for countless civic and charitable events. What a loss to this community!!!Avi Posteraviposter@comcast.net

By: yank283 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hey Austin and Benjamin. Perfect place for a new mid-size music venue would be the old Bank of America building on Main Street...just a thought...

By: Saveusall on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Why can't we have both? The Gulch & downtown needs both these types of on its way to becoming the vibrant music AND retail (and restaurant/club) area of its potential. Hopefully, folks are already looking for a City Hall replacement/relocation site in the area. Build it; we will come!

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Avi Poster, I believe I read somewhere that the owners of City Hall were not going to renew their lease at the end of the year. I also read that they were searching for other areas downtown to operate a new City Hall. Hopefully that is true. Music City needs as many music venues as possible.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

id wants to know if they are getting a tax break and getting into his pockets?