Only 12 stores at Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch will remain open after 60 days, according to a spokeswoman for CBL & Associates Properties.
CBL & Associates vice president for corporate communications Katie Reinsmidt told The City Paper that most of the mall's tenants will be closing over the next two months, some sooner than others.
Nashville State Community College purchased the former Dillard's space for use as a satellite campus, which is still scheduled to open this fall. The city also bought a former JC Penny building that will be used as a library and community center.
Reinsmidt said the store closures were necessary in order to reinvent the mall space. The company is “looking at all the options” for future uses of the mall and retail could be involved, she said.
“We are working closely with local officials to explore options that would recreate Hickory Hollow and allow the center to best serve the needs of the community,” Reinsmidt said in a statement.
A list of the 12 stores to remain open was unavailable as of Friday afternoon.