Spring Hill & Thompsons Station New Homes: MARS HAS LANDED!

Well it’s now official!  Mars Petcare has officially landed in Thompsons Station, just south of Metropolitan Nashville.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held today with a huge crowd present, emcee’d by Mars’ Director of Public Affairs and Government Realtions, Mark Broadhurst.

  Also on hand were Linda Mars, former Chairwoman of the Board of Mars Corporation, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and other Mars’ Corporate Officials.  CLICK HERE for the full story.

Here is Linda Mars, unveiling the new Innovation Center design:



On a side note, I personally got tickled hearing Linda Mars introduced as Ex-Chairman of the Board, and Marsha Blackburn introduced as “Congressman.”  So much for political correctness.   A welcome change, I might add.

About the announced project in Thompsons Station, Mars Petcare is building an approximate 88 million dollar Regional Innovation Center, one of five in the world.  The project, which will create 144 new jobs in Williamson County, will be complete in 2013.

The company’s mission is to make the lives of pets better.  Our Ruby the Doberman is certainly jumpng for joy about that!  If she had only been there today!

As Marsha Blackburn so eloquently said, “we welcome Mars to Williamson County Tennessee and we hope you will stay a LONG, LONG TIME!  From the looks of the proposed facility, and the excitement of the event, it certainly appears that they will.

Mars graciously accepted their welcoming by presenting a donation of $50,000 to the Thompsons Station Greenway and Walking Trail fund.

Just a few miles down the road, we at Ole South are building brand new homes to accommodate the growing demand for new homes in the area.  We are excited about their presence and look forward to their involvement in the community!

Another side note, this is not the first time Mars Corporation has created jobs in Middle Tennessee.  Back during the Great Depression, company founder Frank Mars purchased a large tract of land in Giles County, near Lynnville, and employed hundreds of Giles County residents to build his  “Milky Way Farms,” named after his famed candy bar. 

This hsitoric jewel still exists today and we will dive into that amazing piece of history later in the blog, but you can CLICK HERE for a quick idea!

Trey Lewis is VP Sales & Marketing for Ole South Properties Inc, Tennessee’s largest independent home builder,  615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340 or emailTLewis@olesouth.com.  Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, Gallatin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Nashville New Homes: A Splash in Spring Hill

Word of a major economic announcement for Spring Hill has been circulating for some time now, and today was the day!  Those “out-of-the-know” assumed it was more positive news about the GM Plant ramping back up production.  Others thought it was another manufacturing facility of some kind.  Those “in the know” have kept their mouths shut.

Today, major plans of a multi-faceted $750 million amusement park to open in late 2012 were announced.  Read all of the details of “Festival Tennessee” here:   (bet they change the name!)


This is exciting news for Spring Hill, and all of Middle Tennessee.  Some are skeptical of a development of this magnitude.  Being optimistic takes less energy than being skeptical…especially if no one is asking you to invest anything.  Season tickets aren’t even on sale yet anyway!  :0) 

The land is already there.  It is located in a county where unemployment is among the highest levels in the state.   The availability of seasonal workers is tremendous.  Just look at all the new schools being built.  Best of all, what construction there is will not be performed by ghosts.  Real workers will be employed – and we have a lot of them here!

Why the concern?  The entire project is privately funded and does not require any taxpayer funds – at least as it is presented.  Spring Hill and its citizens have all to gain and nothing to lose on this one.    Here is the proposed location near Jim Warren Road in Spring Hill:

I must admit some of the items discussed raise doubts:  80 restaurants?  Five would be a good start.  Two resort hotels with 8000 rooms?  Hmmm…Opryland Hotel has just over 2800.  Why not a golf course?

We must remember that Las Vegas was once a pot hole in the middle of the desert!  Tunica wasn’t even that much.  Regardless, if it weren’t for those pursuing a dream or vision, nothing would ever happen… anywhere.  

One thing we all can agree on…. that was the most publicity ever seen over $35 worth of poster board.

There definitely is demand for a large scale theme park in Middle Tennessee.  We now know that Opryland really was profitable.  People that live in Alabama will come because they have nothing else to do.  The Nashville MSA has also grown considerably over the years.  With gas prices climbing once again, people will opt to vacation closer to home – and Nashville is within a day’s drive of the majority of people in this country.

If people will support a park in Santa Claus, Indiana they will support a park in Middle Tennessee even more.  And when they fall in love with the area after their visit, we will have a new home in Spring Hill waiting on them!

Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019  direct 615.593.6340.  Specializing in new home sales in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee