Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, June 7, 2024

A stroll past the food court

Here’s a rundown of the better-known malls, past and present, in the Knoxville, Nashville and Chattanooga areas:

Hamilton Place Mall

Opened: August 1987

Owner: CBL & Associates Properties

Size: 1,170,712 square feet, (retail floor area)

Current State: More than 200 stores and services, including Dillard’s, Belk, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dave & Busters

Northgate Mall

Opened: March 1972

Owner: CBL & Associates Properties

Size: 820,000 square feet

Current State: Space for 60 stores, currently Belk occupies one of the four anchor sites (Sears and JC Penney occupied the vacant anchors).


Rivergate Mall

Opened: October 1971

Owner: Hendon Properties (Georgia)

Size: 1,129,035 million square feet of leasable area (main structure, out-parcels); 514,894 square feet in the main structure; 80 stores and restaurants, four anchor sites

Current State: The mall was listed for sale by its owners in March. The listing revealed 67% of available space is leased. The sale price was not disclosed. The two occupied anchors, JCPenney and Dillard’s, own their property and are not included in the sale.

CoolSprings Galleria

Opened: August 1991

Owner: CBL Properties and TIAA-CREF

Size: 1,166,284 square feet of total retail space; 150 stores and services

Current State: Anchor stores include JCPenney, two Belk stores, H&M, American Girl, Ulta Beauty, Dillard’s, Forever 21 and Macy’s. The Cheesecake Factory also is a major tenant.

100 Oaks Mall

Opened: October 1967

Owner: An LLC affiliated with LaSalle Investment Management, Chicago (purchase price was $49.2 million in December 2006)

Size: 750,000 square feet with outparcels

Current State: The upper floor was converted to a medical center satellite facility operated by Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2008; the lower floors remain as retail with tenants including Michael’s, Kirkland’s and Petsmart.

The Mall at Green Hills

Opened: Original strip mall opened in 1955, enclosed mall in 1998.

Owner: Taubman Centers

Size: 1,053,000 square feet

Current State: The mall has three anchor tenants and 100 stores and services. Major and well-known retailers include Macy’s, Nordstrom, Tiffany’s and The Cheesecake Factory.

Harding Mall

Opened: 1966

Size: 232,500 square feet

Current State: Haring Mall was the first enclosed shopping center in Tennessee, and one of its anchor tenants was longtime Nashville retailer Castner Knott. The mall closed in 2005 and was demolished later that year. A Walmart Supercenter now occupies the site.

Opry Mills

Opened: May 2000

Owner: Simon Property Group (originally developed by Gaylord Entertainment Co. and The Mills Corp.)

Size: 1,168,641 square feet of retail space

Current State: 13 of 14 anchor stores are occupied, with 178 stores in total on the property. Major tenants include Regal Cinemas, Madame Tussauds. Sun & Ski Sports, Bass Pro Shops and Dave & Buster’s.


West Town Mall

Opened: August 1972

Owner: Simon Property Group

Size: 1,339,000 square feet

Current State: More than 150 stores, including Dillard’s, Belk, Dick’s House of Sport, JCPenney, The Cheesecake Factory, H&M, Coach, Sephora, Cinebarre (former Regal Cinema site) and Williams-Sonoma.

East Towne Mall/Knoxville Center

Opened: 1984

Owner: Knoxville Partners LLC

Size: 964,000

Current Occupancy: None; demolished in 2021. Now the site of a planned Amazon Fulfillment Center.