Bellevue Center mall opened in 1990 as a showpiece where national retail chains could serve the West Nashville area. The mall featured beautiful architecture and elegant touches including interesting patterns in the brick walls, graceful entrance doors, and skylights.
The mall was a welcome addition to the West Nashville landscape and provided an array of shopping experiences, from Castner Knott to Vitoria’s Secret, Williams-Sonoma, Hallmark, Ann Taylor and many other stores.
Originally developers hoped to draw shoppers from Belle Meade and filled the mall with high-end stores. The mall, however, drew from West Nashville, Pegram, Dickson and other communities which did not typically buy high-end products until they went to clearance markdowns.
The Mall at Green Hills and Cool Springs Galleria also added stores which had previously only been found in the Bellevue mall which added to Bellevue Center’s decline. As leases came up for renewal, the high-end stores left the Bellevue location for more lucrative areas, and Bellevue Center began to loose more tenants, replacing some of them with junk and second-hand stores while other stores remained empty.
The mall suffered further decline during the early 2000s recession, and closed in 2008 with anchor stores Macy’s and Sears remaining open after the mall closed. Macy’s closed soon thereafter, but Sears remained open until the summer of 2015 before heading into liquidation and closing its doors for good.
Mall to Be Demolished for “One Bellevue Place”
Now the mall is being demolished to make way for for “One Bellevue Place” – a mixed-use center with plans for a hotel, 300 multifamily residential units, up to 125,000 square feet of professional and medical office space, a cinema multiplex, and up to 600,000 square feet of retail space, planned for 2017.
Bellevue Mall Demolition Party Planned for Aug. 22
Many in the community will celebrate with a Bellevue Center Mall Demolition Party planned for Saturday, Aug. 22 from 3:00pm – 9:00pm with a Demolition Ceremony at 7:00 pm. Others don’t plan to attend the festivities, not out of protest but out of sense or sadness that all that demolition party energy couldn’t have been put into saving what was once a popular and beautiful local mall.
Not All In Favor of Demolition Party
To some residents the Bellevue Center Demolition Party is a hollow gesture, “full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing.” (Macbeth)
Cheryl B. comments, “I don’t think a demolition party is in good taste. A lot of us loved that mall and were sad it didn’t survive.”
Katie D. agrees. “I am not sure why we are celebrating one of Bellevue’s failures, but I am sure it’s great political fodder for whoever is posing for photos in the bulldozer.”
However, at least one local store is celebrating the demolition. Bellevue Walgreen’s has demolition party items for sale.
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