100 OAKS MALL
Thompson Lane and Powell Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee

Named for the 100 Oaks Thompson Mansion that it replaced, Nashville's second fully-enclosed shopping center occupied a 51.7 acre site, located 3 miles south of the Volunteer State Capitol. 100 OAKS MALL was developed by the Memphis-based Belz Investment Company and designed by Belz & McFarland Architects.

Ground was broken at the mall site in November 1965. The first operational store, a 1-level (122,500 square foot) Woolco discount mart, opened its doors November 16, 1966. A formal mall dedication was held October 26, 1967.

100 OAKS MALL encompassed 850,000 leasable square feet. It was basically a strip shopping complex of exterior-entranced stores with an enclosed mall on its upper floor. The shopping facility was anchored by the aforementioned Woolco, along with a 2-level (112,300 square foot) J.C. Penney and 2-level (64,800 square foot) Nashville-based Harvey's.

At the mall's October 1967 dedication, forty-six stores were in operation. There would eventually be a total of sixty. Charter tenants included Garrett Rexall Drug, Baker's Shoes, Spencer Gifts, Morrison's Cafeteria, Paas Pets, Family Bootery, Port of Call Records, House of Bamboo Outlet, Sergeant Pepper's Boutique, Zimm's Jewelers, Cotton Patch ladies' wear, Tall Gals ladies' wear, Casual Corner ladies' wear and an F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10.

The Martin Theatres Martin Theatre 100 Oaks had opened December 25, 1966. It was twinned in December 1978 and closed in 1989. Other mall outparcels were a Giant Foods supermarket, Penney's Auto Center and bank. The mall proper also included the 6-story 100 Oaks Office Tower.

100 OAKS MALL was adjacent to the Interstate 65 expressway. The thoroughfare had opened to traffic in the mid-1960s, but no direct interchange between said highway and mall existed for several years.

Early commercial competitors of 100 OAKS MALL were RIVERGATE MALL (1971) {13.7 miles northeast, in Goodlettsville} and HICKORY HOLLOW MALL (1978) {6.7 miles southeast, in Nashville}.

Due to competition from these shopping centers, the 100 OAKS property entered its first downward spiral. Penney's shuttered their store and the Harvey's and Woolco chains went out of business. In 1983, the mall was shuttered.

The construction of new Interstate 65  interchanges at Thompson Lane and Armory Oaks Drive brought new access to the abandoned shopping venue. It was revived in the late 1980s with the opening of a Burlington Coat Factory (in the old Woolco) and MegaMarket (in the old Giant Foods).

However, newer and larger malls were being built. These included BELLEVUE CENTER (1990) {10.2 miles southwest, in Nashville}, MALL AT GREEN HILLS (1968 and 1991) {2.6 miles west, in Nashville} and COOL SPRINGS GALLERIA (1991) {10.5 miles south, in Franklin}. 

By the early 1990s, 100 OAKS MALL was in a second state of decline. It was shuttered, as it had been 10 years earlier. Only its Burlington Coat Factory and Firestone Tire (in the old Penney's Auto Center) remained in business. Belz Enterprises embarked upon a redevelopment of the existing mall, as an outlet-type shopping center.

The refurbished complex re-opened October 27, 1995. Its big-box-based Lower Level featured CompUSA, Michaels, T. J. Maxx, PetSmart, Media Play and Luxury Linens. Upper Level stores included Saks Off Fifth, a Reebok Outlet, J.C. Penney Catalog Outlet and the Food Factory Food Court.

Cobb Theatres initiated construction of a freestanding movie megaplex, which was being built in the mall's south parking lot. The partially-completed structure was acquired by Regal Cinemas, who opened it, as the Regal Hollywood 27, on January 16, 1998. At the time, the megaplex was billed as the largest movie theater in the eastern United States. It was refurbished in 2013, when it was renamed the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX.

Meanwhile, the opening of OPRY MILLS MALL {7.4 miles northeast, in Nashville}, in the year 2000, caused most Upper Level tenants at 100 OAKS to relocate to the new shopping hub. Soon, 100 OAKS was in its third downward spiral.

Dallas, Texas' Tony Ruggeri and Frank Mihalopoulis purchased the struggling shopping center in December 2006. 440,000 square feet were leased to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in July 2007.

A 90 million dollar interior and exterior face lift got underway in April 2008. The shopping hub's Upper Level, excluding the Woolco / Burlington Coat Factory structure on the south, was rebuilt as a medical mall. The front facade was remodeled, with new landscaping and parking area entrances added. Logan's Roadhouse and Panera Bread locations were built in the periphery.

New flooring, seating, windows and skylights were installed on the Upper Level. The first of nineteen medical clinics opened in late 2008, with the remainder being in operation by mid-2009. The medical and retail mall would officially be known as ONE HUNDRED OAKS VANDERBILT HEALTH.

Along with the renovation came shutterings of several Lower Level leasees. Media Play closed in early 2006 and opened, as an hhgregg, in November 2009. CompUSA and Luxury Linens folded in 2007. Their space was divided between Kirkland's (home decor) and Reebok Outlet and K & G Fashion Superstore, which relocated from the mall's Upper Level.

Sources:

NashvilleLinks.com / Chip Curley
The Nashville Tennessean
www.NashvillePost.com / "100 Oaks Mall Has A New Owner" / Richard Lawson / December 6, 2006
www.cinematreasures.org
http://www.movie-theatre.org
www.vanderbilthealth.com