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Opry Mills reopens after flood

Courtesy Opry Mills

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Opry Mills, a popular shopping and entertainment complex, reopened in late March, nearly two years after it was extensively damaged by floods in 2010.

Spring rains led to unprecedented flooding in Nashville in May of 2010, damaging several major attractions and forcing the closure of the iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort. The resort reopened later that fall, and other area attractions were able to reopen the following year. Opry Mills, however, suffered extensive damages and required many months of repair and reconstruction in order to open to the public.

“We are thrilled to reopen Opry Mills, creating thousands of new jobs, generating tax revenues and attracting even more visitors to the Nashville area,” said Gregg Goodman, president of The Mills. “With a great selection of outlet and value retail stores, paired with family dining and entertainment options, Opry Mills will once again be the favorite shopping destination for locals and visitors alike.”

The shopping center reopens as the largest outlet, retail, dining and entertainment destination in Tennessee. Returning retailers include Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Vera Bradley, Coach Factory Store, Jones New York Outlet and Aeropostale. These retail stores are joined by dining and entertainment establishments such as Aquarium Restaurant, Rainforest Café, Dave and Busters and an IMAX theater.

The grand reopening took place on March 29, but reopening events will continue to take place throughout April and May. The celebration will conclude with a free outdoor concert by country musician Josh Turner on May 5.