Construction begins for Cheesecake Factory at Hamilton Place Mall

Construction begins for Cheesecake Factory at Hamilton Place Mall Monday afternoon. (Image: WTVC)

The first signs of construction of a new Cheesecake Factory are visible in the Hamilton Place Mall parking lot Monday afternoon.

CBL spokesperson Stacey Keating told us last week the work for the Cheesecake Factory was expected to begin sometime in the beginning of July.

Keating says they are still in negotiations with other potential tenants as part of the Sears redevelopment plan.

Dave & Buster's is still a possibility for the Hamilton Place Mall.

CBL & Associates, which owns Hamilton Place Mall, issued a news release about the Cheesecake Factory this week. Read it in full below:

"CBL Properties (NYSE:CBL) today announced that The Cheesecake Factory is coming to Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as the first key component of the Sears redevelopment project. Construction on The Cheesecake Factory is underway with an anticipated grand opening in late 2018.

"The Cheesecake Factory is one of the most successful and highly sought after restaurants in the country. We are thrilled to be able to bring this dining experience to the Chattanooga market later this year," said Stephen Lebovitz, chief executive officer, CBL Properties. "The Cheesecake Factory is the first piece of our comprehensive redevelopment plan for the Sears building and surrounding area at Hamilton Place, and we look forward to making additional announcements in the coming months."

"Since opening our first restaurant in Beverly Hills 40 years ago, The Cheesecake Factory has become known for creating delicious, memorable experiences for millions of guests around the country, and we are so pleased to be opening our first restaurant in Chattanooga," said David Overton, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated. "We look forward to opening in Hamilton Place later this year."

The Cheesecake Factory will locate on a new parcel created on the I-75 side of the Sears parking lot. CBL is working to solidify redevelopment plans for the Sears store, which continues to operate at Hamilton Place."

Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.

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