Bellevue Center

Bellevue Center was a regional shopping mall in the western Nashville, Tennessee suburb of Bellevue. It had capacity for over 90 stores on two floors totaling 848,545 square feet (78,832.4 m2).

The mall originally opened in 1990 with two anchors, Dillard's and Castner Knott, situated at the far ends of the trident-shaped mall. Spaces for two other anchors were included in the design. One of these (the one closest to Dillard's) was delegated for a Macy's store, but the project was canceled and nothing was ever built on the site. Macy's eventually came to the mall in the former Castner Knott location after a series of acquisitions.

Bellevue Center's upscale offerings showed initial promise, but foot traffic at the mall began to decline soon after, with competition from The Mall at Green Hills and Cool Springs Galleria, where new locations of stores previously exclusive to Bellevue Center began to open. Sears came to Bellevue Center in 1999, soon after Castner Knott became Proffitt's, building on the empty anchor space in the northeast corner of the mall. Despite the arrival of a third anchor, foot traffic continued to suffer, and retailers began abandoning the mall in the early 2000s. Mall space began to be filled by professional services, churches, and the instructional arts. When Dillard's eventually closed its store and sold its property to the mall's owners (Oaktree Capital Management) in 2007 following years of declining sales, drastic plans for redevelopment were announced.

Bellevue Center officially closed on May 31, 2008, when the last of its non-anchor tenants moved out. Redevelopment plans include converting the former Dillard's building into a branch of the Metro Nashville Public Library (bottom floor) and Kohl's department store (top level). The area formerly occupied by the mall itself will be replaced with an open-air lifestyle center. Sears and Macy's announced initial intentions to remain open through the redevelopment process and anchor the redeveloped property, but Macy's eventually announced it would close the store (one of eleven nationally) following a weak 2008 holiday season. Macy's closed on March 15, 2009, leaving Sears as the final operating retailer at Bellevue Center.

As of 2011, Sears remains open for business, though the site has seen no redevelopment and the shuttered mall remains standing.

  • Sears (opened 1999)
  • Macy's (opened as Castner Knott 1990, became Proffitt's 1998, Hecht's 2001, and Macy's 2006; closed 2009)
  • Dillard's (opened 1990; closed 2007)
  • Kohl's (future)

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