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New Retail and Restaurant Space Coming to Cool Springs Galleria

The Cool Springs Galleria is in the beginning stages of a major facelift totaling millions of dollars and adding several thousand more square feet of retail and restaurant space. According to, the one-million-square-foot shopping complex is one of the biggest and most successful retail centers in the Southeast and the largest annual tax generator for Williamson County. It remains a huge draw, with 13 million annual visitors and yearly sales topping $400 million. Currently there are five anchor stores, 150 other retail spaces and eateries, and 3,500 employees.

WKRN reported that the mall's owners laid out several phases of changes, with the first project being to add square footage to the area that is currently the Sear's store. Another phase will be to add more square feet to an area called The District, which will "celebrate the culture of Middle Tennessee with equestrian details, barn doors and wood slats. The new retail area would have canopy covered walkways for shade, among other details."

 And then the final phase will add 10,000 square feet near Macy's. Belk will also undergo a $12.6 million expansion and renovation.

As the project progresses, top retailers will begin to announce their presence, but there is already a lot of excitement over three confirmed spots.

To the delight of girls for miles around, there will be an American Girl retail store, with a 25-seat Bistro for parties. Another part of the store will allow kids to treat their 18-inch dolls to a hair salon or to design t-shirts for them in a boutique.

The Tennessean reports that the 9,000-square-foot store is slated to open in spring 2015. Currently, the nearest American Girl retail store for Nashville shoppers is in Atlanta. Nashville will also be the smallest metro area to have an American Girl retail location.

Found in 53 countries worldwide, Swedish retailer H&M is a highly sought-after clothing company. H&M offers stylish clothes at reasonable prices for men, women, and children.

Offering a spiral-bound booklet of menu options, The Cheesecake Factory is a delicious dining experience for more than just cheesecakes.

The Nashville Business Journal quoted David Overton, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated as saying, "For more than 35 years, The Cheesecake Factory has been known for creating delicious, memorable experiences for millions of guests around the country, and we're excited about coming to Franklin. We look forward to opening our doors at CoolSprings Galleria later this year."