Now under construction, the Whole Foods grocery store at McEwen Town Center in Cool Springs is making fast progress. The new store will be located at the corner of McEwen Drive and Mallory Lane. Southern Land broke ground a little over three months ago.
We’ve been anxiously waiting ever since the new Whole Foods was announced three years ago.
Footers have been poured and the back cinder block wall is up, seen at left.
The new Whole Foods store in Franklin will be 45,000 square feet. Whole Foods Market’s current location in Cool Springs is 1735 Galleria Blvd, adjacent to Target, HH Gregg and Toys R US.
The Southern Land Company is developing McEwen Town Center and Whole Foods will be the first retail anchor in the 93 acre Cool Springs mixed-use project. Despite several delays, bad timing and a horrible economy, the project is still moving forward.
Other tenants that have announced intentions on opening at McEwen Town Center include California Pizza Kitchen, Anthropologie, and Cosmetic Market. Rumors have abounded regarding a Pinkberry or Red Mango style frozen yogurt concept.
When complete, Southern Land Company’s McEwen Town Center will offer Middle Tennessee 250,000 square feet of retail space, 250,000 square feet of Class A office space, apartments, town homes and an “upscale boutique hotel”.
One finished portion of the McEwen Town Center project is already for sale, that is the “Dwell at McEwen” apartment complex. The $40 million upscale apartments in Cool Springs are rumored to have registered well over 130 interested buyer parties.
Some area commercial real estate brokers were surprised to hear Michael McNally, vice president of mixed-use development with Southern Land Company, quoted as saying “Dwell is 71% leased” and also “leasing rates haven’t been as brisk as we hoped two years ago, a result of the economy”.