The new development at the Shoppes at Hamilton Place is a sign of welcome growth according to CBL officials and local business owners.
"With Volkswagen and Amazon and other companies coming to this area, there is a lot of growth," said CBL Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Katie Reinsmidt. "CBL is committed to keeping up with that growth and meeting the demands of the market."
The 6,000-square-foot development near Carrabba's Grill and the Fox and Hound will feature Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Sweet Peppers Deli and Bath Junkie.
"We always welcome new business," said Carraba's Grill manager Miguel Morales.
According to Morales, new businesses in the area generate new business for existing restaurants and stores.
"If anything, it'll give people who are waiting on dinner at my restaurant a chance to go and get a cup of yogurt while they wait," he said.
Construction on the new development began last week, but Reinsmidt and Morales both said they don't anticipate traffic problems or parking issues.
"When we developed the Shoppes at Hamilton Place, they were designed with additions in mind," said Reinsmidt. "We do not anticipate an impact on traffic."
Reinsmidt said CBL is used to working around shopping hours and listed the current renovations being made at Hamilton Place Mall as an example of how CBL works around the customer to make new additions or renovate existing spaces.
The new development is slated to open Nov. 1, said Reinsmidt.