Burlington joins other retail headliners at Clarksville’s Governor’s Square

Jimmy Settle
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

The facade of Governors Square Mall facing Wilma Rudolph Boulevard now bears another household name in retail.

Burlington Stores officially opened to Clarksville-area customers early Friday, and its business name and corporate logo is emblazoned across the front of the mall alongside Belk, JC Penney, Ross and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony just before 8 a.m. marked Burlington’s official arrival in Clarksville. A few customers had been waiting outside the store’s entrance in a light rain since around 5 a.m.

Among them were Sarah Vaughn, of Clarksville, and Frieda Godetta, of Oak Grove, Ky.

“It’s long overdue to have a Burlington store in Clarksville,” Vaughn said. She had previously shopped at Burlington locations in Nashville and Indianapolis, Ind.

“I like the prices, and the quality of their clothes,” she said.

Godetta said she arrived bright and early because she was just eager to see it.

“I feel that Clarksville is going to be a good place for Burlington to come to,” she said.

The new Burlington store encompasses much of the space previously occupied by Sears in Governors Square. Merchandise selection was plentiful for the first customers in the building.

The store manager for the new Clarksville Burlington location — store no. 1305 to be precise — is Lenny Rodriguez.

After cutting the ceremonial ribbon along with other store and community representatives, Rodriguez told The Leaf-Chronicle that Clarksville is a perfect market for Burlington.

“We’re extremely excited and thrilled to have a home in this community,” Rodriguez said.

“Clarksville is a rapidly-growing city outside of Nashville. It’s an amazing market to be in. We’re happy to see the Clarksville businesses thriving,” she said.

The Clarksville store becomes Burlington’s 11th location in Tennessee.

Store hours are Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Grand opening ceremonies were scheduled to continue throughout the weekend with giveaways.

The company said Burlington’s new Clarksville location in the mall features an “updated, clean design, making it easy for customers to navigate and find fantastic merchandise at amazing prices throughout the store.”

Lines of merchandise will include:

  • Ladies’ apparel and accessories
  • Menswear
  • Casual finds for kids
  • Footwear for everyone
  • A full line of baby items
  • Home décor items for every season and holiday
  • Pet care and toys
  • Helping community

To celebrate the new Clarksville location’s grand opening and “underscore the retailer’s continued commitment to enhancing educational opportunities,” Burlington donated $5,000 to nearby St. Bethlehem Elementary School through their long-standing partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org.

Funds will be used to support teachers and their classrooms so that they can purchase materials needed for their students.

Job opportunities

The Clarksville location has hired about 65 new employees, with more positions available.

Interested candidates can learn more about joining the team at www.BurlingtonStores.jobs .

About Burlington

Burlington Stores, Inc., headquartered in New Jersey, is a nationally recognized off-price retailer with fiscal 2020 net sales of $5.8 billion.

The Fortune 500 company and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BURL.”

The company operated 792 stores at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2021, in 45 states and Puerto Rico, principally under the name Burlington Stores.

Burlington retails an extensive selection of in-season, fashion-focused discount merchandise. For more information visit www.burlington.com.

BoxLunch brings your favorite pop culture merch to Governors Square Mall

By Casey Williams March 14, 2022 4:29 pm  CLARKSVILLE NOW

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – BoxLunch, a pop culture gift store with a cause, will open at Governor’s Square Mall this weekend, according to a news release from the company.

BoxLunch offers a curated selection of licensed apparel, accessories, collectibles, beauty, home goods and novelty merchandise from a variety of popular franchises. They are a subsidiary of Hot Topic.

BoxLunch also donates one meal to Feeding America for every $10 spent in-store.

According to the release, BoxLunch will also support local efforts through Feeding America’s nationwide food bank network. That includes the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, which will directly receive a percentage of donations raised through the Governor’s Square Mall location.

The store will hold a grand opening this Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m., with DJs, store giveaways and trivia games.

Box Lunch is in Governor’s Square Mall next to Torrid. They are open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 11:30-9 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.


Casey Williams

Casey Williams is a reporter and content editor at ClarksvilleNow.com. Reach him by email at cwilliams@clarksvillenow.com

Hankook announces major Clarksville plant expansion

Jimmy Settle | Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle  February 24, 2021

Hankook Tire confirmed Wednesday morning it is embarking on the phase 2 expansion of the South Korean-owned Clarksville tire plant, that will bring its total investment in Clarksville thus far to about $1 billion.

The Leaf-Chronicle reached out to Hankook early this week and in response, received a written statement from the company about its Clarksville plans.

“As part of Hankook’s fourth-quarter earnings results, Hankook announced plans to expand its Tennessee plant, located in Clarksville, Tenn.

As part of phase 2, the company plans to invest almost $91 million, plus more than $270 million for maintenance.

“Upon completion of phase two,” Hankook’s statement said, “the Tennessee plant’s annual production capacity will double to 10 million tires, and the total investment will be approximately $1 billion,” the company said.

Hankook’s phase 2 expansion will include the construction of a new building on the grounds of the existing Tennessee plant located off International Boulevard in the southern portion of the Corporate Business Park.

As a result of the expansion, Hankook says it plans to add a currently-unspecified number of additional jobs “and looks forward to continuing to work with the great people of Tennessee,” the company’s statement said.

The plant currently has just under 1,000 employees through its initial $800 million investment in Clarksville. Phase 1 of the Tennessee plant was completed and operational in 2017, and has annual production capacity of about 5 million Hankook tires.

“Over time, Hankook has shifted a substantial volume of production to its Tennessee plant as part of its strategy to diversify production,” said the company statement. “Hankook also has optimized production through human resource planning and equipment adjustments.”

Hankook has 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and administrative space in Clarksville, currently.

The company has been regarded in the recruiting realm as one of the biggest industrial scores not only in Clarksville history, but the southeast region.

Company officials have said they were attracted to Clarksville by the availability of a suitable site off Interstate 24, the quality of the local workforce, and a cooperative government along with good utilities.

Several large automakers — Hankook customer targets — are in close proximity to Clarksville, and that was a plus working in the community’s favor as well when Hankook was searching for potential U.S. manufacturing locations.

Hankook tire production in Clarksville was launched in Clarksville four years ago at a rate of 6,000 tires per day, heading toward a near-term goal of 10,000 per day, which is enough to generate 24 daily shipments out of the plant and into the combined U.S., Mexican and Canadian marketplace. Officials say they want to continue expanding upon that level of productivity.

Since its grand opening, the company had pledged to continue growing in Clarksville, and officials say they remain on schedule with that promise, as this phase 2 announcement attests.

The Hankook investment now hovering around $1 billion tops the list of major industrial development in Clarksville.

Other major business scores here have included a Google data center at about $600 million, LG Electronics’ phase 1 washing machine plant at around $350 million, and the recently announced Microvast electric automotive battery plant, at $220 million.