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Dunkin' Donuts, NYNY Pizza on board at MJ's City Center

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Developer Scott Lumley gives a private tour of City Center in the heart of Mt. Juliet LAURIE EVERETT / The Wilson Post

During an invitation-only tour of the new City Center in Northtown Mt. Juliet, it was revealed Dunkin' Donuts and NYNY Pizza will be among the many tenants.

The tour took place Tuesday morning with a public ribbon cutting celebration scheduled for Thursday.

NYNY Pizza owner Susan Milonis said they will be moving from their Providence location to the City Center and are happy to be on a "main strip" and be seen on North Mt. Juliet Road.

City Center owner, developer and contractor Scott Lumley said he's proud to take one of Mt. Juliet's oldest buildings and "transform" it into a hub of restaurants, boutiques, gourmet grocery and more. Already the multi-surfaced façade showcases signs for White Lily and Crossfit (already open), among others.

"We just wanted to give some people a sneak peek into what will be a busy place soon," Lumley said to the small crowd who toured, including city commissioners Ray Justice and Brian Abston.

The center is 41,000 square feet and is in full construction and "ready soon for occupancy." The building is on North Mt. Juliet Road and is the former John Deal building. Lumley's project is a total rehab of the former building.

Already on board for the center are Smoke Fusion restaurant, that will have an indoor patio area; Energy Lighting Group; Crossfit Mt. Juliet (already open); a fresh meat and cheese gourmet grocery and women's boutique White Lily. These are in what Lumley calls a "mini-mall setting."

Lumley said he's happy Dunkin' Donuts is on board. He told tour goers he has plans to include some type of high-end car dealership with an indoor showroom by "appointment only."

"Now, wouldn't that be amazing here in Mt. Juliet?" he asked.

Lumley said the project was a large "jigsaw puzzle" and "not easy to do," he is happy with the results. It's already pretty full, and he said in the last few weeks he's had at least 30 calls from interested business people.

And because of the size of the building, Lumley said it was important to have varied brick colors in segments on the façade to give the building definition, scale and a Gatlinburg-type of look. Another unique feature will be "covered" parking for about 60 cars, with a total of 166 parking spaces.

"I thought it would be great for people to be able to park under cover during inclement weather," Lumley said.

Construction is in full swing, and Lumley said he the center will be fully leased and open by January.

Those interested in leasing space may call (800) 403-1021

Writer Laurie Everett may be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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