Retail Center To Replace Former Walmart Site On Gallatin Ave.

The site of the former Walmart at 1216 Gallatin Ave. will host a new retail center and a large storage facility expected to be complete by the summer of 2017.
     Real estate development company Childress Klein, with dual headquarters in Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., expects to start construction in April.
     The retail development will cover 14,700 square feet. In addition, there will be a three-story, 88,000-square-foot storage facility behind the center to be operated by SpaceMax, a division of Childress Klein.
     “It will be our first storage facility in Nashville,” Chris Poholek, a Childress Klein partner, says. “There’s only one climate-controlled storage facility there on Main Street, East Nashville Self Storage, and it’s pretty full, so we think there’s a real need for the storage.”
     The property group expects five or six stores to occupy the center, including a restaurant on either end, but thus far, none of the spaces have been leased. Renderings indicate a brick facade and large awnings.
     “It was the storage that drove this project, but once we found the site it made sense to add retail and we’re really excited about that,” Poholek says. “I think it’s great for the community.”
     Poholek credits District 5 Council Member Scott Davis and the Greenwood Neighborhood Association for supporting the project, and plans to staff the new space with local employees.