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Work is progressing at The Crossings of Decatur. Hibbett Sporting Goods is among retailers joining Target and Old Navy in the shopping complex.
The Crossings moves closer to fall opening
By Evan Belanger
Hibbett Sporting Goods is among a list of retailers announcing recently they plan to open stores at The Crossings of Decatur, a more than 260,000-square-foot shopping center currently under construction.
Located at the southeast corner of U.S. 31 and Alabama 67, The Crossings is set to open Oct. 14. It will be anchored by a 127,000-square-foot Target store.
The $50 million shopping center will also play host to a Lifeway Christian Store, Panera Bread Co. and Nails First, announced a spokewoman Thursday for Tennessee-based GBT Realty Corp., the project developer.
Previously announced retailers set to locate at The Crossings include Old Navy, PetSmart, Rack Room Shoes, rue 21 and Ross Dress for Less.
According to Melanie Land, a spokeswoman for GBT, letters of intent for locating at The Crossings have been received from a number of other national and regional retailers, and more announcements will be made soon.
She said most of the stores will open Oct. 14 along with Target.
“It’s kind of up to the individual stores, but most of them will probably be opening at about the same time,” she said. “The more fanfare, the better.”
With the latest batch of retail announcements, The Crossings has room for another 26 stores.
According to contractors at the work site this week, drought conditions this year have been good for construction. They said most work on the retail center will be done on time or earlier.
Crews working for Stewart Perry General Contractor of Birmingham spent Thursday installing shelves and other fixtures in Target and laying down asphalt at the shopping center.
“When they leave, (Target) will be ready to bring stock in,” said project supervisor Bill Schuh. “But I can’t let them in until later.”
According to Drew Wyatt, project supervisor for Brasfield and Gorrie of Birmingham, work for his crews was also tracking on schedule. They spent parts of this week laying asphalt as well.
According to Mayor Don Kyle, sales at the shopping center could reach about $60 million a year, generating about $2.4 million in annual sales tax for the city.
Decatur borrowed about $4.77 million to purchase the land for the shopping center. Developer George Tomlin has vowed to pay that back to the city within 15 years.
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