SYLACAUGA – An economic boom of retail development in the Marble City is going to create hundreds of jobs.
Laura Strickland, executive director of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, updated the City Council this week on what she called “exciting opportunities for economic development.”
City Council members and Mayor Jim Heigl have been saying for months the economic future of Sylacauga is getting ready to explode with all the new retail businesses coming to the municipality.
The biggest economic development is the construction of Marble City Square on U.S. 280 next to Walmart. Hutton Company LLC is developing this 33-acre project with several stores scheduled to open this month and April.
The first store that will hold a grand opening is T.J. Maxx. That event will be Sunday, March 18, at 8 a.m.
T.J. Maxx is also one of the largest employers opening up a store in the city. It will initially employee 100 to 110 people and scale back to 48 to 55 full-time employees following the opening.
“They are a great community partner and have already secured a partnership with SAFE (Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement),” Strickland said.
Others businesses coming to the Marble City Square are:
Petsense – Grand opening is tentatively set for Saturday, March 24, at 9 a.m. Strickland said she did not have employee numbers from the new business;
Hobby Lobby – Grand opening will be Monday, April 2, at 9 a.m. The store has become a new member of the Chamber. It will employ between 35 and 50 people, with a starting pay of $10.45 for part-time and $15.70 for full-time employees; and
Chick-Fil-A – Strickland said the Chamber is awaiting the announcement of the restaurant’s opening. Following this announcement, the owner will determine the facility’s leadership team and begin the hiring process. Strickland said there were no tentative employee counts. Tentative opening date is April 26. “We are excited about their strong work ethic, which will be positive for the entire workforce in Sylacauga,” Strickland said.
Fort Williams Shopping center is getting a new business. Daylight Donuts is tentatively opening at the end of March. Daylight Donuts is a locally owned small business.
There is another location in Alexander City. Employment numbers will be small.
“We look forward to sharing other additions to our community as they are made public. It is an exciting time to be a part of all things Sylacauga,” Strickland said.
Also previously, in the summer of 2017, new businesses opened in the old Coast to Coast building after it was renovated by Second Street Development. Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Anytime Fitness are in that location.
Another project Second Street is working on is the old Kmart building on West Fort Williams Street next to Ollie’s. Dirt Cheap, another bargain outlet store, is going to open in part of the building.