2015 Business Year in Review: New movie theater, retailers, restaurants dot growing city

2015 Business Year in Review: New movie theater, retailers, restaurants dot growing city

Spring Hill witnessed the appearances of various new businesses in 2015 as the city’s consumer landscape continued to expand.

Spring Hill witnessed the appearances of various new businesses in 2015 as the city’s consumer landscape continued to expand.

Among some of the most popular new businesses in Spring Hill this year were Ulta Beauty, Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, the Carmike 12 movie theater, Delta Bound and Red Robin.

Ulta Beauty

More than 100 customers attended the grand opening of Ulta Beauty in the Crossings shopping center on Friday, Aug. 28, where the store gave away multiple door prizes.

The company first announced it had plans to do a build-out of an existing space in the Crossings in April 2015. Because Ulta merely renovated the interior of an existing building, it did not have to go through the traditional planning commission process.

“We’re the number-one beauty retailer in the USA,” said General Manager Paula Simmons at the grand opening on Aug. 28. “We like to think of ourselves as your one-stop shop for all things beauty. The store itself is almost like the world’s biggest waiting room for the salon in the back. As you wait, you get to shop on our beauty side.”

Ulta provides beauty and salon services, and also offers makeup, skin, nail and hair care products, as well as fragrances and bath products. The store includes a “benefits bar” that offers a range of waxing services with licensed cosmetologists.

Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries

The retro-themed Hwy 55 opened its latest store off of Wall Street in Spring Hill to a very warm welcome in December 2015.

The restaurant held its soft opening for three days beginning Wednesday, Dec. 9 as a training period for staff and within two hours of opening up reservations all 350 spots allotted for the soft opening were filled.

On Monday, Dec. 14, Hwy 55 opened to regular business hours and the store was at maximum capacity for hours during the opening lunch rush.

The Spring Hill store is the first Hwy 55 to open in Tennessee. Owned by the Cothren family, they opened their first Hwy 55 in Nolensville in September 2014.

Co-owner Cade Cothren said the top seller at the restaurant is the Andy’s Special — a large-size burger with any toppings, fries and a drink for $7.69 — although his personal favorite is the Pimento Cheeseburger, which is $4.79 for a regular and $6.59 for the Andy’s size.

Hwy 55 also offers a full array of dairy desserts, like scoops, sundaes, shakes and floats, which are all derived from a vanilla frozen custard base. Their menu also includes an item called a “Concrete,” which Cothren said can be compared to a Blizzard from Dairy Queen.

The Cothrens own the rights to Hwy 55 in Tennessee and are planning to expand their coverage of the state by opening many more stores — possibly 50 new locations in the next 10 years — with the help of other franchisees, Cothren said.

The opening on Monday did not include a ribbon cutting or ceremony, but a grand opening celebration the Hwy 55 founder and CEO will attend will likely follow within about 2-4 weeks, said Judy Cothren, another co-owner and Cade Cothren’s mother.

The store’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Spring Hill Hwy 55 is located at 2041 Wall Street.

Carmike 12

This summer more than 1,400 people descended on Spring Hill’s new movie theater, Carmike 12 Cinema, which held a V.I.P preview event for its grand opening on June 17 – the largest such event in the chain’s history, according to CEO Dave Passman.

The effort to bring a movie theater to Spring Hill had been in the works since around 2011. The Home Page reported earlier this year in March that Finance Director Jim Smith concluded that an average 45-percent attendance level at the facility could generate some $300,000 in new sales tax revenue.

After Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and elected officials cut a ceremonial ribbon, attendees enjoyed popcorn, beverages and hors d’oeuvres until movies began showing to full crowds on all 12 screens.

The theater later held its public grand opening from 4-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. The event doubled as a charity night to benefit the Well Outreach in Spring Hill, with all proceeds going to the food pantry. All movie tickets, drinks and popcorn were be $2 each.

The first day of regular hours, pricing and movies was Thursday, June 18.

“We can consider this opening a big check-mark off our list of needs because we’ll no longer be needing to drive elsewhere for our entertainment,” said Mayor Rick Graham. “More and more, we’re seeing ways to dine and shop and have fun in Spring Hill. And I want to thank Carmike for helping with that.”

Later that week, on Thursday, June 18, Carmike officials presented a donation of $6,714 to the Well Outreach food pantry as a result of Spring Hill’s new theater’s opening night.

Thursday’s check presentation capped a busy week of promotional events at the theatre. Tuesday, June 16, marked Carmike 12’s V.I.P. opener and ribbon cutting with members of the Chamber of Commerce for complimentary movies. Wednesday was the theater’s first full night open to the public to benefit the Well. On both of the first two nights Carmike 12 showed older movies.

Delta Bound

The owners of a local food truck business in Spring Hill opened up a Southern cuisine restaurant in April 2015.

The owners of the Delta Bound restaurant, Stacey and Jessica Mobley, repurposed a 1,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by Jack of Hearts BBQ in the Commons off Main Street.

The couple first opened up their food truck business in 2012. After years of successfully catering corporate events, festivals and other gatherings.

Delta Bound has been a big winner at the Street Food Awards conducted annually by the Nashville Food Truck Assn., including winning “Best of the Best” in 2014.

The Mobleys told the Home Page that they had a notion to expand into an established eatery for some time, and their big success in 2014 convinced them to look for the right spot this year in Spring Hill. But as the Delta Bound brand expands into its brick-and-mortar phase, the Mobleys have no intention of retiring the food truck arm of the business.

“We love food trucking. We like the artisanal aspect of that. But I also knew that if [Jack of Hearts owner] Todd Masters ever left this space, it would be the perfect size for us to have a restaurant. The thing with food trucks is you can only do four or five items at a time. What we’ve been doing for three years with the truck is building up our menu and letting people tell us what they like, or sometimes what we can tweak.”

According to Stacey Mobley, Delta Bound offers a variety of comfort foods, ranging from Cajun and Creole to Southern deep-fried food.

Red Robin

This past fall, Spring Hill’s planning commission gave final approval on a new Red Robin restaurant at 2032 Crossings Circle.

The site plan, which planners approved at the Oct. 12 commission meeting, was left on the consent agenda.

The only concerns raised over the plan at the commission’s work session regarded the amount of parking spaces and compliance with city land regulations. The developer of the restaurant did not contest staff’s concerns.

The initial sketch plat for the 4,652-square-foot restaurant with 111 parking spaces was submitted to city planners in August. The sketch plat for the new Red Robin was ultimately approved unanimously by the planning commission at its September meeting and was preceded by no discussion.

The restaurant is proposed to lie between the Crossings Circle and the Saturn Parkway off ramp, just south of the recently approved liquor store and dental office at the shopping center. Sanders’ only request for the applicant was to more clearly delineate for city staff the distance between the driveways shown on the sketch plat.

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