CLARKSVILLE — Several restaurants and one store, including a Blaze Pizza, Chillburger and Sleep Number, have been signed on as tenants for Clarksville’s future Veterans Crossing development, according to Hogan Real Estate site plans sent to the News and Tribune by newsgathering partner WAVE 3 News.
In June, the Clarksville Plan Commission approved a development plan by Hogan Real Estate to transform the land adjacent to Clarksville Town Hall and bordering Veterans Parkway into a six-building commercial development with 11 tenants by 2018.
All but three of those tenants are now confirmed. In addition to the ones already mentioned, Veterans Crossing will feature a First Watch location, a Mission BBQ restaurant, a Starbucks, a CoreLife Eatery and a T-Mobile store.
First Watch is a cafe chain with locations throughout the country, the two closest being in Louisville. Mission BBQ is — true to its name — a barbecue, ribs and sandwiches joint, which also has multiple locations in the United States, including one in Louisville. CoreLife Eatery’s closest location is in Lexington, Kentucky, and the New York state-based restaurant serves healthy food free from artificial additives that's often locally sourced.
Of the already mentioned tenants, country-wide Blaze Pizza creates artisanal pizzas and will be expanding into the Southern Indiana area for the first time after opening three locations in Louisville. Chillburger is a new, local chain by the family behind Zesto and Chillers, which is opening its first full location in Floyds Knobs on Aug. 31.
Clarksville Redevelopment Director Dylan Fisher said that Veterans Crossings' tenants are — so far — exactly what the town was hoping for.
“We’ve been happy with it and pleased with the restaurant component of it,” he said.
The town was hoping to attract new brands to the market, as well as restaurants that were expanding or growing at a fast rate nationally.
Fisher said that Hogan Real Estate has also hinted at bringing more retail to the development, despite a tough market for brick-and-mortar stores.
“…We’re just happy that we’re going to have a project come online at 100 percent occupancy,” he said.
The entrance to Clarksville Town Hall and the Clarksville Police Department off of Veterans Parkway closed on Aug. 17 due to Veterans Crossing construction, according to a town Facebook post. Access to the town buildings are still accessible via Broadway Street and Sam Gwin Drive.