Today, Belk announced that it is investing $12.6 million to expand and completely renovate its store at Cool Springs Galleria.

Cool Springs Galleria Mall 2012 Summer Fun DayThe project includes a major renovation of its current two-level main store.  The renovated main store will be a total of 185,000 square feet. The ladies shoe department will double in size to allow for more top name shoe brand and styles. Also, a new 50,000-square-foot men’s and kids store on the first level of the former Sears building at the mall will open.

“We’re creating the ultimate Belk shopping experience for our customers at Cool Springs Galleria with this expansion and remodel,” said Jan Clevenger, chair, Belk Western Division based in Birmingham, Ala. “The enhancements will feature the latest in retail design, décor and layout and the added space will allow us to greatly increase our merchandise assortments, including many new premium brand offerings for the whole family. All of these improvements combined will make the store one of our premier Belk flagships to serve Franklin and the entire Nashville region. It will represent the best of Belk and is a sign of our continued commitment to deliver Modern.Southern.Style. to this community.”

Construction will roll out in phases—construction on the men’s and kids stores will start in October 2014 and the main store construction will begin in February 2015. Belk is set for a grand reopening in October 2015.

“We are very excited about Belk’s renovation and expansion of their presence at Cool Springs Galleria,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president and chief executive officer, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “The redevelopment of the Sears location at Cool Springs Galleria allows us to significantly elevate the Nashville shopping experience by delivering some of the most in-demand retailers to the community, including Belk’s flagship store and Nashville’s first and only American Girl. We look forward to announcing even more new-to-Nashville retailers in the near future.”

Belk of Cool Springs opened as Parisians in 1993 and was acquired by Belk in 2006.The new Belk flagship will offer an enhanced shopping experience for customers along with expanded selections of most-wanted fashion and premium brands.