Henderson Street Bar & Grill, Wicked Burrito Restaurant, Hardee's and the Trailways Bus Station are all properties on or near Franklin Street that have been closed down and not been filled with other businesses over the past two years.
Robert Humphreys, executive director of the Downtown Commission, said Franklin Street properties are always in demand.
"There are never any empty spaces," Humphreys said.
"The currently vacant properties are either under renovation or being sat upon."
Humphreys said the Wicked Burrito, owned by the Lone Star Steak House Corp., is waiting on a franchise offer. The owner of the Pavilion buildings across the street from Hardee's is renting that business's parking lot.
Henderson Street Bar and the bus station are being transformed into a new bar and a hotel.
"Henderson Street Bar is reopening," Humphreys said. "The new owner is Tim Kirkpatrick.
"The bar will open within the next two weeks under the name Kirkpatrick's."
Humphreys also said the old Trailways Bus Station on the south side of West Franklin Street, sitting across from Hams Restaurant, will be converted into a hotel and shop called The Franklin.