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Chili’s, Panera Bread part of Bellevue mall redevelopment

A roughly 4,950-square-foot Chili’s Grill & Bar is the first known restaurant for the One Bellevue Place redevelopment project.

Chili’s Inc. has a ground lease with plans to build the restaurant on a 1.53-acre outparcel that’s part of the former Bellevue Center mall property.

In connection with plans to open the new restaurant in summer 2017, the operator of roughly 40 Chili’s restaurants in Tennessee is seeking final site plan approval from the Metro Planning Commission to permit the building at 7624 Highway 70 S.

Chili’s Inc. is a subsidiary of Dallas-based Brinker International Inc., which in addition to Chili’s Grill & Bar operates Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Overall, the 87-acre, 1 million-square-foot One Bellevue Place development is expected to include roughly 350,000 square feet of retail space.

That includes 180,000 square feet on the right side of overall development property and an additional 90,000 square feet of small retail shop space.

Tim B. Sittema, managing partner of Crosland Southeast, the development partner of One Bellevue Place site owner Branch Properties LLC of Atlanta, recently said there are letters of intent for all of that 180,000 square feet of retail space.

Specialty grocer Sprouts Farmers Market and a Carmike Cinemas theater will be among the retail anchors at One Bellevue Place. Marketing materials also show a Panera Bread location for an outparcel next to where the Chili’s restaurant is planned.

Among other components of One Bellevue Place, Charlotte, N.C.-based Crescent Communities is building a 337-unit apartment community on 16 acres. An 111-room Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel also is planned, with the design also including up to 350,000 square feet of office space.

Jon Petty, a broker with Southeast Venture who’s handling retail leasing, sees One Bellevue Place being a catalyst for more rooftops and retail in Bellevue.

“There’s a lot of tenant demand for retail space in the West Nashville area,” he said, citing success of the Nashville West shopping center as a good indicator of that demand.


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