While the Opryland Hotel and Resort is now open, the Opry Mills mall remains closed.
According to a statement from Simon Malls, nothing has changed since a lawsuit was last September hoping to enforce commitments made by insurance companies to help complete the reconstruction work.
The statement says, "May's Great Flood has stilled one of Nashville's primary economic engines, Opry Mills, the largest tourist attraction in the State of Tennessee. This shopping and entertainment landmark typically drew up to 16 million customers a year.
Roughly 3,000 people worked at Opry Mills in nearly 200 stores. Sales per year at Opry Mills totaled approximately $279 million. These sales generated annual sales tax revenues of $26 million and more than $4.0 million in annual real estate taxes.
We do not know if any of the people that were employed at Opry Mills have found other work but it is obvious that this source of substantial tax revenues has dried up. The Opry Mills Limited Partnership is committed to reopening this great shopping venue.
We have already spent $50.0 million to clean up the mess left by the flood water, but unfortunately, because of the failure of various insurance companies to live up to their contractual duties and fund this loss, there is no money left to complete the reconstruction work.
Regrettably, nothing has changed since we filed the lawsuit in September to enforce the insurance companies' commitments. Each passing day only increases the losses suffered by Opry Mills, the citizens of Nashville, and the Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Metro Nashville Government General Fund, and the State of Tennessee's General Fund, for whom Opry Mills has been a source of substantial operating revenue."
Until the lawsuit is resolved the building will remain as is.