IKEA cancels plans to build store in Antioch; developer undeterred

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – IKEA has confirmed the company will not build a store in Antioch, Tenn.

Nashville Mayor David Briley on IKEA’S decision not to build in Antioch:

"We are disappointed that IKEA will not be opening its store in Antioch. We understand that the company is moving away from suburban retail outlets. The Century Farms development is important to Antioch and Nashville at large and we will continued to work with the developer to ensure adequate infrastructure is in place for the anticipated development."

Latisha Bracy with IKEA North America Services sent this statement Wednesday morning:

"While this is an extremely difficult decision, we will not be moving forward with our plans to build a store in Nashville, TN. We thank the city and the developer for their understanding of this recent decision."

Bracy says the retail environment is rapidly changing and the company is creating a new business model,

"We are looking to expand to more urban city centers to be more accessible to more consumers. As a result, some of our expansion plans may change, but at the same time, we are also investing in our e-commerce and services to ensure customers can access IKEA no matter where they are."

While some people think this is a big blow for development plans in Antioch, developers are confident in the future of the 300+ acre Century Farms development.

In a letter to Friends of Century Farms Wednesday, the developers said:

"Although we are disappointed to learn this, we are equally excited about the numerous projects and types of development that are in the pipeline for Century Farms, including national retailers and restaurants, hospitality and commercial uses."

"Century Farms is a fait accompli – having secured necessary land acquisition, approvals and public involvement in support of the $1.7 billion in estimated private sector investment."

The letter noted that the project’s momentum is based on its myriad offerings, strategic location, and dynamic master plan and Nashville’s growth:

"Importantly, a development of the magnitude of Century Farms would never hinge on the plans of one retailer as our team always anticipates that global issues unrelated to our property can impact plans related to development."

As News 2 reported Tuesday, Nashville council members suspected the IKEA deal was falling through a few days ago.

It was one year ago that plans to open an IKEA store crystallized.

The plans called for a 300-acre development between Cane Ridge and Old Franklin roads, about 13 miles from downtown Nashville. Groundbreaking was set for early 2019.

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HCA Healthcare Inc subsidiary TriStar Health announces $500 million in investments to new and existing facilities. – Nashville Business Journal

TriStar Health announced plans Monday to invest more than $500 million into its network of hospitals and care centers in Middle Tennessee, including the addition of four floors at its flagship TriStar Centennial Medical Center.

The investment will allow for the construction of new facilities, the expansion of existing structures and the introduction of new technologies and services to the health system, according to a news release.

TriStar is the local health system of HCA Healthcare Inc (NYSE: HCA), Nashville’s largest publicly traded company, according to Nashville Business Journal research, with $41.4 billion of revenue in 2016.

The largest investment is a $123.7 million, four-floor expansion of Centennial’s patient tower, including the addition of a joint-replacement center, set for completion early next year. We first reported on this project in March 2017, following its approval by Metro Council.

The total expansion is expected total 154,752-square-feet, with the joint center adding 10 operating rooms and 29 beds. The health system is committing an additional $50 million to renovate existing floors at Centennial and $69 million to build an eight-level parking garage on the 47-acre campus.

Centennial is the city’s second-largest hospital, according to NBJ research, with 656 beds and a staff of close to 3,000.

“TriStar Health is committed to investing in high-quality, comprehensive health care services,” Heather Rohan, president and CEO of TriStar, said in the release. “These capital investments will help to further enhance patient care and position us to be able to meet and exceed the growing demand for health care services.”

Two more hospitals will also be growing vertically, with a $69.3 million addition of two floors at TriStar Skyline Medical Center and an $18.6 million, eighth-floor medical/surgical bed unit at TriStar Summit Medical Center. The Skyline expansion is set to begin in June, while the Summit project is set to be completed in late 2019, according to a news release.

Other investments include a $12 million expanded behavioral health unit at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, a $28.1 million behavioral health hospital in partnership with Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia and a $10 million freestanding emergency room in Mt. Juliet, according to the release.

Last week, Saint Thomas Health announced plans for a 76-bed behavioral health center in North Nashville in conjunction with Franklin-based Acadia Healthcare.

Missing from TriStar’s new list of investments is a 10,860-square-foot freestanding emergency department set to be built a little more than 7 miles from TriStar Southern Hills in Antioch.

That $14 million, 11-bed facility was approved in April by the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency after efforts by TriStar to build a similar facility in Brentwood were denied.

The $500 million is in addition to $300 million in investments the health system has made over the past three years, according to the release. TriStar has 10 hospitals, 21 imaging centers,14 emergency rooms and 12 urgent care centers in Middle Tennessee.

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TN lawmakers honor Waffle House hero

(RNN) – James Shaw, Jr. said his actions at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday were not heroic. He humbly claims he was just trying to escape alive.

Even so, his actions afterward have been remarkable.

On the same day he tackled a gunman and wrestled away his weapon, Shaw started a GoFundMe campaign for the families of the victims.

“I am creating this page to help the families of the victims from the shooting that took place at Waffle House in Antioch, TN. Please take the time to donate as all of the proceeds will be given to the families. Thank you again for your generosity and blessings,” Shaw wrote on the campaign page.

The campaign has brought in nearly $75,000.

Police took Travis Reinking into custody on Monday. He is suspected of shooting and killing four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, TN.

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Tennessee Waffle House reopens, donates sales to victims’ families

(CNN) – The Nashville-area Waffle House where a gunman killed four people over the weekend reopened its doors Wednesday morning for the first time since the shooting. And it has a plan to commemorate Sunday’s victims.

The Antioch, Tennessee, location has pledged to donate all its proceeds for the next month to the families of both living and deceased victims of the attack.

Waffle House shooting in Tennessee

“It’s nice to see them getting back to how it was before this all happened. Not that we’re trying to forget. I won’t forget. I’ll remember ‘T’ forever,” Chuck Cordero, a witness and friend of victim Taurean C. Sanderlin, told CNN affiliate WTVF.

“I’m looking forward to seeing my friends come back. I’ll be back tonight, I’ll keep coming back.”

The victims who lost their lives in Sunday’s shooting — Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez, DeEbony Groves and Akilah DaSilva — were all young people of color.

Four white crosses outside the restaurant offer silent tribute to the slain victims. The restaurant is working on erecting a permanent memorial in their honor.

Alleged shooter Travis Reinking was arrested Monday after a woman spotted him walking through her construction site.

Court records show his $2 million bond was revoked by a Tennessee judge on Tuesday.

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