May Hosiery Mills Property Manager Talks History in Wedgewood-Houston

Nashville Business Journal
By Carol Smith

For over four decades, Tom Hodge has been working on the property where May Hosiery Mills stands. He’s seen plenty of things change along the way.

When [Tom] started in the 1980s, the sock mill was in full production. They had three shifts — the day shift, the afternoon shift and the graveyard shift. [He] would come in at 5 a.m. each day and get the basic things done so that each department was ready as soon as they arrived. At that time, you’d never see someone walking their dog or jogging, but now you do. The neighborhood has become much livelier Tom says.

It’s been a journey – a long, adventurous journey (no pun intended). When AJ Capital bought the property, I was very happy that I got the chance to stay. May Hosiery Mills has been a huge part of my life. -Tom Hodge

Peter Preisler, senior development manager, AJ Capital Partners: “May Hosiery Mills was part of a major adaptive reuse and historic restoration process... Because of its prominence, we did everything we could to maintain the integrity of the building. May Hosiery Mills still has historic relics everywhere. Our role is to be the building’s custodian, and to maintain as much authenticity from the past as possible. Walking down the alley just outside of Soho House, look up and you’ll see old fire alarms, porcelain electrical isolators, and other relics from its original industrial use, as well as the original ‘May Hosiery Mills’ sign hanging on the external brick. The multi-building historic restoration has brought new life to the space, adding to the growing Wedgewood Houston community that has attracted a variety of lifestyle, culinary, and music technology companies.”

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