Alan Jackson is the latest country star to claim his own piece of Nashville’s bustling Lower Broadway.
According to the Tennessean, Jackson purchased the bar formerly known as The Wheel for $5.75 million. The building will soon house AJ’s Good Time Bar, which gives a nod to Jackson’s 2008 hit single, “Good Time.”
In 2014, Jackson became a partner of bar and music venue Acme Feed & Seed, which lies just two blocks away from his new property.
It’s a signal of rapidly changing times in Nashville, especially in its downtown district. Lower Broadway, which was once seen as one of the city’s more dangerous areas, is now the number one destination for country music fans and bachelorette parties.
Although many are excited about these new businesses, some are worried that these new endeavors are running out local businesses. Rich’s aforementioned Redneck Riviera will force the closing of Mike Ice Cream, a beloved staple of the area.
Still, with the overwhelming support of Jackson’s previous downtown project, it seems like AJ’s Good Time Bar is the logical next step for the entrepreneur. So will tourists and locals approve of the finished product? They can find out when the business opens its doors later this year.