Earlier in the week, it was learned that Town and Country Ford bought the Pell City Ford Lincoln Mercury location and will expand its Bessemer-based operation there, creating a vibrant dealership along with additional jobs.
Citi-Trends, a national retail clothing store, is opening in Talladega. And up and down Battle Street and around the courthouse square, new or expanding business plans are being announced.
A medical office, a sports bar and grill, a handmade jewelry and stained glass business and a nearly $1 million renovation of Walmart are on tap for Talladega.
A new medical office is planned for Sylacauga, and some of the region’s industries are calling employees back to work after temporary layoffs.
The plans coincide with the first dip in unemployment in Alabama in two years announced Friday, but economists are quick to add a word of caution in not calling it a trend.
That may very well be, but it looks like the beginnings of good economic news that has been slow in coming this way for a while.
It gives hope for the future, and that’s welcome news indeed.