There's already an array of retail venues and eateries in Hendersonville, but residents can expect to have even more choices with a number of new things set to come on board in the months ahead.
The old Hendersonville Skating Rink at 750 West Main Street is being repurposed with something that will spice up that area of town; a new restaurant called Blossom Thai-Lao Cuisine and Craft Pub - the city's first Thai and Laotian restaurant. House-made noodles and craft beer on tap are the specialties.
Fred Rogers, director of the city's planning department, said a portion of that building would also be used for a new service business.
Just down the road at Glen Oaks shopping center, a new twist on an old favorite will be available - Kohala Hawaii BBQ is set to open in Hendersonville. For more home decorating options, Nest Décor will also be coming to that center in the old Food Lion space.
Burger lovers will enjoy a new option in Indian Lake Village - Five Guys is coming to town on the north side of the new Hobby Lobby store. The restaurant specializes in handcrafted burgers, fries and hotdogs.
Construction continues to move forward on Merchant's Point that will ultimately house around 10 businesses including the much-anticipated Marshalls, Michaels, Off Broadway Shoes, and The Fresh Market. For sports enthusiasts, the city recently received plans for a new Hibbett Sports at the center.
Motorists traveling through Indian Lake Village everyday may have noticed something missing - a place to stop and get gas.
Rogers said both a Mapco on the west side of Indian Lake Boulevard at Maple Dr. North, and a Twice Dailey's for the southeast corner of Indian Lake Boulevard and Saundersville Road have been approved.
In addition, the city's newest hotel - Hampton Inn & Suites - is expected open on Indian Lake Village in the summer of 2016.
Two new funeral homes are also slated to open in the city; as well as a new assisted living and memory care center, Rogers said.
Some old favorites with a new look
A longtime favorite in Hendersonville, Burger King on East Main Street is expected to getting a new remodel. Kroger has also sold its East Main Street location and will be building a newer, expanded store in the old K-Mart Space, just behind Burger King.
The new concept store is expected to take around 12 months to build out and will include approximately 100, 000 square feet - more than double the size of the current location across the street and will include a fuel center and likely a Starbucks.
Rogers said he doesn't believe the new store will carry furniture like the Kroger Marketplace up the road in Gallatin, but thinks it will be more in line with the Kroger at Glenbrook North.
For those residents who tire of walking the grocery store isles, or just want a more time effective means of grocery shopping, the new Kroger will feature an e-commerce shopping tool called ClickList. Shoppers can place their grocery orders online, wait for the store to send a message that the order is ready, and pull up at the new store's canopy for pickup.
The new Kroger will go down as far as where the old Big Lot's store was. Rogers said he expected the owner of the property to submit plans to upgrade the remaining part of the strip mall center.
The Hendersonville Chamber is so excited and enthusiastic with the direction of our city," said Paul R. Goode, chamber president. "Continued praise goes out to our city leaders, economic development community and developers for recognizing our many assets and certainly to the new businesses moving in and around Hendersonville. Including those expanding is MGM Windows and Doors, and Tri-Star's Hendersonville Medical Center's new (NICU) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Others include Xtend Healthcare, the newest and latest concept from The Kroger Company remodeling, The Fresh Market, Marshall's, Off Broadway Shoes, Five Guys, Nest Decor, Hibbett's Sports, a complete renovation for Burger King, again in front of the old K-Mart, Rainbow Child Care Center, Affiliated Grocers, Hampton Inn, and Celebrity Coaches who has acquired 9 acres and is building a 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility
"Absolutely great things are happening in our amazing city and these are just a few examples of major joint efforts continuing to make Hendersonville a wonderful place to live, work, play and raise a family."
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