Hope Baptist moves into former Nike store in Lebanon Outlet Marketplace

A church that sold its campus to The Journey Church has reopened at the Lebanon Outlet Marketplace in the former Nike store.

Hope Baptist is now the name of the church formerly called West Hills Baptist. The church held its grand opening on Sunday, January 31, but had been in the space before.

The approximately 14,000 square foot space was previously used by Nike, which has closed. Hope Baptist renovated the space which it also uses for small groups at 9:15 a.m., Sunday and Wednesday evening activities and as an office.

“The Lebanon Outlet Marketplace gave us the ability to get to a new location fairly quickly,” said Hope Baptist Pastor Will McReynolds. “However, we view our ministry opportunities as the greatest benefit. One is specifically the mall itself. We pray for the success of the mall. We are saying here, ‘the mall matters.’

Hope Baptist has about 200 active members and averages about 90 to 100 on Sundays during the COVID-19 pandemic, McReynolds said.

Last year, Journey Church moved into the campus formerly owned by Hope Baptist on Leeville Pike.

Lebanon Outlet Marketplace was sold for $4.5 million by Simon Property Group to a buyer connected to Namdar Realty Group in Great Neck, New York, according to records from the Wilson County Deeds Registry and Appraiser’s Offices real estate.

Lebanese officials recently met with the mall’s owners to discuss new opportunities for the property and better understand the new owner’s intentions. City officials said they hope the mall off Interstate 40 and Highway 231 will be able to retain retail elements under the new owner.

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“It was positive,” said Lebanon’s director of economic development, Sarah Haston. “We have discussed their ideas and our ideas for (redeveloping) the property and are looking forward to finding a way to maintain (a) commercial component. We are both interested in updating the property and making it a point of interest in Lebanon.”

New retail tenants could be announced in the coming weeks, said Hugh Graham, general manager of Lebanon Outlet Marketplace.

Contact Andy Humbles at [email protected] or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.

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