“I’m getting a lot of interest in the property,” said Mike Hendrix with The Realty Pros in Pell City.
Hendrix is the realtor for the12-13 acre plot next to Chic-fil-A restaurant, which opened in November.
Hendrix said as the economy improves more national chain companies are moving forward with expansion plans or new stores.
He said Pell City’s growth has brought attention from outside businesses looking to locate in a growing community.
Hendrix points to the opening of the new St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital, along with the construction of the new Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home across from the hospital, and the Jubilee Apartments adjacent to Jefferson State Community College, currently under construction along Hazelwood Drive.
“That side of the interstate is growing,” he said.
Hendrix said the new developments north of Interstate 20 are going to bring a lot of traffic, which will roll past the Vada Phillips Vaughan Estate commercial development along Hazelwood Drive, near U.S. 231 North.
He said the Goo Goo Car Wash will open soon next to Chick-fil-A, but it’s separate from the new commercial development plan for the remaining property.
Hendrix said they would have to relocate a house that is still on the property.
“The master plan could change,” he said. “We’ll have a nice entrance road.”
Hendrix expects five new businesses to locate in the new development, but nothing is set in stone.
“We’re doing free standing businesses, unless someone wants to come in and build a strip mall development,” he said.
Pell City recently annexed the 12 acres into the city and will provide water and sewer to the property.
Hendrix said he would prefer a nice, national chain, family-type restaurant to be a part of the new commercial development.
“I’m talking to a few different national restaurant chains,” Hendrix said.
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