Cinema, grocery store, hotel planned for train station downtown

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A new $52 million development plan for Central Station includes a grocery store, cinema, and hotel

Construction crews are already in that area working on other projects, from the new apartments popping up to the redevelopment of the Hotel Chisca and the Orpheum. Now word comes of a huge entertainment district at the train station.

“It’s a much more active, animated, and utilized asset for the community,” developer Archie Willis said.

Willis wants to spend more than $52 million to build more apartments, a hotel, grocery store, restaurants, and even a five-screen Malco movie theater. The city will pay about one percent of the cost.

“Anything that gets people down here is a good thing, I can't hate on it too much. I feel like there's so much development going on down here, it's just gotten so saturated,” downtown resident Christian Dalton said.

Bass Pro Shops are moving in, and there’s also the Main-to-Main project, which has Riverside Drive getting a makeover. Almost all of downtown is in a rebirth, and it's not stopping.

“I love South Main and would love more traffic here. At the same time, it seems like kinda a strange location,” Tess Mody said.

The city has tried movie theaters and restaurants before - Peabody Place had it all and failed.

This project will cause the police offices and bus service at Central Station to relocate.

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