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Old 07-23-2015, 10:56 PM
 
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Huge news!!!

Have you see Mayor Ricky Shelton's Facebook post tonight too?

https://www.facebook.com/MayorRickyShelton?fref=nf

Also, rumor is a Panera Bread and Chipotle.
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:47 AM
 
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Huge news!!!

Have you see Mayor Ricky Shelton's Facebook post tonight too?

https://www.facebook.com/MayorRickyShelton?fref=nf

Also, rumor is a Panera Bread and Chipotle.
I could see Panera and Chipotle. I'm curious what the other two restaurants are. Mayor Shelton mentioned in his Facebook post that there are still a few hurdles for the developers to overcome. I wonder what they are.
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:13 AM
 
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OK, Let's have some fun and see how we do. Post the 4 restaurants you think will be the ones that come there. Then, add on any other's you think would also be a good fit there and you'd like to see in Cookeville.

My 4:

Panera
Quoba
Panda Express
Red Robin


Others: Chipotle, Culvers (or Freddy's), Jason's Deli, Potbellys
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:18 AM
 
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Hmm I guess my top 4 would be:

Panera
Mellow Mushroom
Panda Express
Jason's Deli

Honorable mention:

Culver's
Mimi's Cafe
Taziki's
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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The 4 I picked are ones that I think will come, they aren't really my top choices. They're just the one's I think will end up here.
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Cookeville/Crossville
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I'm glad to see this development come to Cookeville. With a larger variety of retail shops, people won't have to travel to the Nashville or Knoxville areas(as often) to shop.

Cookeville has long been a regional "hub", but I can't help but wonder how a huge development such as this one will affect the surrounding areas of the Upper Cumberland.

Residents from smaller cites such as Sparta/White County, Gainesboro/ Jackson County, and Livingston/Overton County are well-connected to Cookeville and regularly commute to and fro to shop and work. Crossville/Cumberland County residents are well-connected to Cookeville also, but are only 45 mins to one hour away from even more retail offerings in Knoxville. It will be interesting to see whether or not Cookeville can attract some of the Crossville shoppers who would have otherwise traveled to Knoxville.

Side question: Putnam and Cumberland are by far the largest counties (by population) in the Upper Cumberland region, but are phenomenally different on the retail level. Does this essentially eliminate the chances for Crossville to develop its own collection of retail stores?
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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Cumberland's population is dominated by retirees; therefore, retail will use those demographics; stuck between Knoxville and Cookeville doesn't help much either.

Crazy rumor that Joe's Crab Shack is coming; I don't believe that one....there are only three in Tennessee, and cities like Hendersonville, Franklin and Murfreesboro do not have those.

I would bet that Red Robin and Panera Bread are two of the so called four.

I'm glad it's officially official now rather than unofficially official; and the Mayor's cautions appears to be lip service, one of the biggest hurdles has already been cleared.....tenants. My wife is uber excited about Ulta....I am excited about Publix.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Cookeville, TN
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Joe's Crab Shack, Red Robin, more independently owned restaurants and, for my wife, a White Castle.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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Crossville is also inhibited in available workers. I know it seems strange since Cumberland County's unemployment rate is considerably higher than Putnam County's. But I read somewhere, I think in the Upper Cumberland Business Journal, that one reason Cookeville has so many restaurants and retail is because of the wealth of available part-time employees--college students. Also, Crossville is much more isolated than Cookeville. Cookeville's ZIP codes go into four different counties; Cookeville's trade area, in essence, covers those four counties specifically in addition to the rest of the 14-county Upper Cumberland area. To put it another way: There are three other county seats within 20 miles of Cookeville: Gainesboro, Livingston, and Sparta. Within 20 miles of Crossville there are no other county seats. It doesn't hurt, either, that there are two major highways intersecting in Cookeville, Interstate 40 and Hwy 111 which is interstate grade, making it a lot easier and convenient to get to Cookeville than to Crossville.

And as Sparkman said, Crossville has pretty much given its soul to the retirement world. Just look at retirement areas in Florida to see what they've become compared to college towns. Ocala vs. Gainesville is a classic example and pretty much mirrors Crossville vs. Cookeville, albeit on a larger scale.

At any rate, back to the restaurants. I would loooove a Joe's Crab Shack! While I agree that it's probably far-fetched, I would be lined up the first day it opens.

I've heard that Red Robin is in major expansion mode right now so I could see that coming. And Panera. Same with Chipotle and/or Qboda. I read that Taziki's is trying to add several more locations in Middle Tennessee, too, which would suit me just fine if they landed in Cookeville.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Cookeville, TN
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From the UCBJ:

UCBJ – Upper Cumberland Business Journal » BREAKING: Site plan for ‘Shoppes’ shows Publix, Academy stores coming to Cookeville
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