Plans for Nashville’s First Chinatown Underway

Developers are working on a new cultural commercial development that will offer unique Asian architecture, culture, shopping, restaurant, and retail services to Nashvillians and visitors from surrounding cities and states.

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June 3, 2024, 7:00 AM PDT

By Mary Hammon @marykhammon


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According to an article from the Nashville Post, a group of local business owners and developers are working on plans to bring the first Chinatown to the city by 2027. It will be located in the Antioch neighborhood, 12 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. “District 32 Metro Councilmember Joy Styles said the development makes sense given Antioch's fast growth and population representing multiple cultural backgrounds,” reports Nicolle S. Praino.

The 4.83-acre property, which will be known as Tennessee Nashville Chinatown, was purchased by the partnership in May and has already secured its first tenant: Pan-Asia Supermarket, which will offer grocery items and a food court. Plans include a total of 100,000 square feet of mixed-use buildings that will feature restaurants, retail and services, offices, and rooftop space geared toward both the local Asian community, non-Asian residents, and tourists alike. It’s expected to create 300 jobs during construction and 500 jobs when complete.

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