According to The Nashville Tennessean, the real-estate arm of Tanger Outlets mall recently acquired part of the 300-acre development in Antioch, per county records - but the firm isn't confirming the news. "Our development team at Tanger Outlets evaluates new markets on an ongoing basis," said spokesman Quentin Pell. "Tanger has nothing to announce for the Nashville market at this time; we will issue a formal press release announcing any plans, should they develop." Assuming the records are accurate, it would be the company's second location in the state and will open in 2019 or 2020.

Roadwork improvements underway to open up access to portions of the previously undeveloped site will take about another year and a half. Century Farms is directly off the Hickory Hollow Parkway exit of Interstate 24. Southeast Nashville is the fastest-growing area of Davidson County, and it is a resurgent, emerging and thriving community. In May, Ikea canceled the highly anticipated opening of its first Nashville location at the site. The low-cost Swedish furniture retailer is pivoting away from multi-level warehouse-style retail locations, to smaller stores closer in urban cores with improved online shopping options.

Shifting shopping trends Tanger Outlets would compete with Opry Mills mall, which offers many of the same retailers about 15 miles away. But Antioch is one of Nashville's fastest-growing neighborhoods and some residents said they would frequent the outlet mall. "I would shop both" Opry Mills and Tanger Outlets, said Reen Moyers. "I'm not a big online shopper, so more retail options close to home would be perfect for me."

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