Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Publix shopping center on its way up

Mt. View Marketplace developer starts work on Murfreesboro Pike siteBy SUZANNE NORMAND BLACKWOOD • Staff Writer (Tennessean) • October 8, 2008 The dense residential development along Murfreesboro Pike was a huge factor in the decision to build the new Mt. View Marketplace, which will be anchored by Publix. "I think it's a great amenity for the area," said Jason Keckley, broker with Great South Real Estate & Development, which is handling the leasing for the shopping center. "There's a lack of grocery stores in the area," he said. "We saw a need for grocery and retail." The site is now being developed for the shopping center, which has been anticipated for a while. "It's still pretty early in the process," Keckley said. But, he added, "everything's still on schedule." When complete, the center will have 60,000 square feet of restaurant, office and retail space. Other tenants would likely include a clothing shop, hair salon and providers of financial, medical and dental services. "We want an appropriate tenant mix that's going to be good for that community," Keckley said. The shopping center is being built in front of Bradburn Village, a Beazer Homes community on Pin Hook Road. David Hughes, president of Beazer Homes Nashville Division, said the same property owner sold the property for Bradburn Village and Mt. View Marketplace. "We knew it was there from day one," he said. "We viewed it as a positive." Hughes said sales have picked up on the homes at Bradburn Village since development of the Mt. View Marketplace site began. The center provides convenience to residents, who can walk to the grocery store, a restaurant or the salon, he said. Mt. View Marketplace first got attention when a sign went up in the area more than a year ago saying, "Publix Coming Soon." The planned center, which is being built by PGM Properties, made the news when neither PGM nor Publix would confirm that a Publix store was going there.

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