In 2019, Phenix City saw the addition of five new restaurants (Jacks, Del Taco, Moe’s, Culver’s, and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen), which brought in 289 jobs, give or take, resulting in a $29 million investment from additions, remodeling, and new construction.
On the industrial side, two new companies moved to Phenix City: Dae Chang, Co., LTD and Innovative Supply Chain Solutions, LLC. Also, The Game expanded. These new companies and the one expansion resulted in an investment of approximately $11 million and 85 jobs.
As far as new developments, Phenix City has a lot going on around the city. A new shopping center on Hwy 431 will be opening soon, and new businesses on Hwy 280 are coming, as well as movement on Hwy 80 in Ladonia. Shaun Culligan, Economic Development Manager for Phenix City said a lot more is coming. Here’s what’s happening right now:
Aldi – In business since 1913, this German-based grocery store is famous for its super-discounted prices. You’ll need to bring your own shopping bags, or be prepared to use a box you might be able to find in-store, or pay a small price for bags they sell. Also, you’ll need a quarter for a buggy, but you get it back when you are done. Where else can you get a bottle of wine for just $2.99? Aldi’s is expected to open sometime in the first quarter, perhaps as early as March.
Rose’s Store – This store, in the works by 2nd Street Development out of Mississippi, will be in the old K-Mart Shopping Center on Hwy 280 near Planet Fitness. Originally known as Rose’s 5¢ 10¢ 25¢ Stores, this discount store is owned by Variety Wholesalers, Inc., which is headquartered in Henderson, N.C. Rose’s Stores are primarily in the South, spread across fifteen states. The store is expected to open sometime in the first quarter of 2020.
Michelle’s Restaurant of Georgetown– The popular Eufaula restaurant has decided to bring a second location to Phenix City, which will be on Hwy 280, right of Taco Bell. The family restaurant in renown for great, country-style cooking and serves a hot lunch buffet every day.
Also, it features an “all-you-can-eat” seafood buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. Hopefully, the owners can duplicate their success here with their fantastic fare. Michelle’s is expected to open early in the first quarter.
80 WEST – This 13-acre site, located on the west side of Wal-Mart, is under development by Girard Partners, LP, a company owned by the Dudley family. Rain has slowed down construction, but the pace should be picking up if the weather improves. 80 West will feature restaurants, retail, and other businesses that fit the environment. Hopefully, there’ll be more news about this development after the first quarter.
American Deli – No word yet on when this restaurant will open. Economic Development is checking into it.
The Village at Crosswinds – This site is located on Hwy 431, across from Hwy 165. These are the businesses planned, thus far:
Renfroe’s Market, based in Montgomery, is owned and operated by the Renfroe family. The grocery store has been in business for more than 35 years and has multiple locations in Alabama. The chain is known for its cleanliness and welcoming atmosphere, while focusing on giving customers quality as well as savings. This store will be opening in March.
Marco’s Pizza was named the Most Loved, Most Trusted Pizza Restaurant Brand by consumers in 2019, based on the Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. Operated by Marco’s Franchising, LLC and based in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza was founded by Italian immigrant Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco in 1978. This location is opening in March.
Alpha Leader Grooming. Not a lot is known about this business yet, except that the groomer has worked at the Westminster Dog Show in the United Kingdom. An opening date hasn’t been established yet.