Greyhound Bus Station, Downtown
1950 - 2014
early November, 2011, Greyhound Bus Lines moved out of its long time
downtown Memphis terminal at 203 Union Avenue and began operating out
of the Memphis Area Transit Authority's Airways Transit Center at 3033
Airways Boulevard. The property was offered for sale for $2.3-million.
In late 2013, it was announced the Union Avenue site would be cleared and a Hilton Garden Inn hotel owned and managed by Turkey Creek Hospitality of Knoxville would be built on the property. Turkey Creek closed the $1.7-million real estate transaction March 18, 2014. The old bus terminal was demolished in 2014. Construction on the new 140-room hotel is expected to be complete by May, 2016.
Commenting on the old bus station property when Greyhound moved, Kevin Kane, president of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, ""Bus stations are not always the most attractive. Sometimes they’re very attractive, sometimes they’re not. But I think that there could be an opportunity to improve that area in between AutoZone Park and FedExForum, one of the gateways of Downtown.” (Memphis Daily News) Regardless, the bus station has been a landmark for many, whether departing or arriving with good news or bad, or just passing by.
“That property is a key gateway property into Downtown Memphis for a lot of people that are traveling from the East. We are watching very closely what happens to that property, because it’s an opportunity to really make something great happen there, and we look for something great to happen there,” said Paul Morris, president of the Downtown Memphis Commission. (Memphis Daily News)
Greyhound is now operating out of a Transit Center recently opened by the Memphis Area Transit Authority at 3033 Airways Boulevard near Memphis International Airport.
The location of the downtown Greyhound Bus Lines Memphis station as seen from the roof of another building.