Business Trend: Experience your local mall

The Cheesecake Factory is one of many dining options available at Hamilton Place.
photo Dave & Buster's is coming to Hamilton Place in 2020.

Hamilton Place opened in 1987 as our state's largest mall. Some 30 years later, it's still among Tennessee's top five largest malls as a regional hub of fashion, fun and back-to-school and holiday shopping.

While online shopping thrives, almost 90% of retail transactions still happen in stores, says Stephen Lebovitz, CBL Properties CEO. CBL owns and operates both area malls.

"Our strategy is to transform what have been traditional or enclosed malls to suburban town centers with more restaurants and more uses like hotels and real estate to complement retail," Lebovitz says. "Hamilton Place is a great example with the restaurants we've added like Cheesecake Factory and Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q.

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