While rumors have been making the rounds for the past year or so that Danny Meyer’s unstoppable NYC burger joint Shake Shack has been eyeing Nashville, there have been no specifics to report. But Eater has now gotten word from several trusted sources that Shake Shack has plans in place to open its first Nashville location in the Green Hills neighborhood.
The target specifically is 4031 Hillsboro Pike, a prime corner retail spot in the Hill Center Green Hills development. Originally home to a Sweet Cece’s frozen yogurt store which closed over a year ago, the next planned tenant was Yeah! Burger out of Atlanta. But it has now been over a year since those plans were first announced, with no movement. Eater reached out to Yeah! Burger reps for comment, but did not receive a response. But again, a number of sources say that Yeah! Burger has backed out of those plans, and is no longer focusing on the Nashville market.
The space currently sits empty, with its windows completely papered up, typically a sign of impending construction work. Eater reached out to Shake Shack reps, but had not heard back at the time of publishing.
An aggressive growth plan was recently announced for the burger chain, with 24 to 26 new locations planned to open before the end of the year, and another 32 to 35 Shake Shacks opening in the U.S. alone in 2018, with about 20 percent of those stores in new markets.
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