Juicy Seafood, a small restaurant chain with several Nashville, Tennessee, locations, has leased the property across from Kentucky Oaks Mall formerly occupied by TGI Fridays and plans to open this spring.
The property at 5050 Hinkleville Road is owned and managed by Robbins Properties, of Nashville, which also owns the Paducah Shopping Center on U.S. 60 and James-Sanders Boulevard. Its anchor stores include T.J. Maxx, PetSmart, Office Depot, Books-A-Million and Dollar Tree.
According to Mark Robbins of Robbins Properties, a lease was signed with Juicy Seafood about a month ago. Rosie Yang, a real estate broker in Nashville who works with Juicy Seafood, said Paducah will be the chain's first Kentucky location.
TGI Fridays closed in Paducah at the end of January 2018.
Yang said she contacted Juicy Seafood when she came across the former TGI Fridays property and pitched Paducah.
"I just liked it, and so did the owner ... they were ready," she said.
In addition to the Nashville area, Juicy Seafood has a restaurant in Clarksville, Tennessee, and also has two locations in Chicago, according to Yang.
On the website for its Hermitage, Tennessee location, Juicy Seafood describes itself as a "restaurant serving seafood boils and hand-battered seafood baskets."
Its menu includes items such as blue crab, shrimp, snow crab legs, clams, green mussel and black mussel.