Two Montgomery Shopping Centers Seeing More Business


By Ashley Thompson

Two different shopping areas in Montgomery are making a comeback after years of standing almost vacant.
Now some hope the recent revitalization will have a spiral effect and bring even more business to town.

"It was vacant for years."

Dwayna Powe says she always shops at Winn Dixie in the Montgomery Towne Center. But says for years, that was the only store open there.

"I know that they've put the police station in Montgomery Mall and now they're building up this area," she says. "I think it's very good for the community."

Other shoppers say they blame the closing of the Montgomery Mall for the business decline in this area.

"Montgomery Mall has shut down so a lot of business went away from this place so I think that these businesses opening up should bring more clientele," says Montgomery resident Willie Miles.

A liquidation center, Roses Outlet Store, a beauty supply store, and Badcock Home Furniture have all popped up. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says it's because Montgomery Mall is being repurposed.

"The whole effort in trying to revitalize that area was to repurpose the Montgomery Mall and we've done our part as far as the police and fire station there," he says. "And we would surely hope that the Board of Education will do their part."


The Montgomery Towne Center isn't the only shopping center being revitalized, BellWood Shoppes at the intersection of Vaughn and Bell Road is seeing more business as well with a new nail salon, a wing spot, and an international food mart.

Do-Re-Mi, A Karaoke Venue that's been in business for about two months, is also turning heads. Most businesses in the Bellwood Shoppes shopping center are Korean. Mayor Strange says he credits the automotive industry with bringing more business to the city.

"That's just an outgrowth of the whole Hyundai experience here.," he says. "Not only Hyundai but the suppliers are now building up a lot of infrastructure with the Korean community."

There are still spaces to lease in both shopping centers but residents are optimistic that more businesses will move in.


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