HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Whole Foods Market will make its debut in Huntsville as early as late next year when it becomes the anchor tenant in a brand-new 100,000-square-foot shopping center on the northeast corner of Bob Wallace Avenue and Memorial Parkway.
The $50 million, eight-acre redevelopment project will stretch from Bob Wallace Avenue north to Merchants Walk along the Parkway. The addition means demolition and shuffling for some existing businesses.
The existing Regions Bank is situated in the footprint of the new development plans.
"I think it will go away and come back in a new life, I think they will still have a presence on that property," says Huntsville City Planning and Zoning Administrator Michelle Jordan.
AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care, Regions Bank and a few other buildings will be torn down to make way for the new mixed-use shopping center.
Regions will occupy a new building at the development. AAMCO is on the move, and the transition will happen quickly.
"Yeah, I think about 6 weeks is the time period to get out."
"It's a great building, it's really, really big and it provides more parking because we're definitely going to need that - we're pretty packed right now," says McReynolds.
Despite the inconvenience of picking up everything for a quick move, AMMCO employees seem to view the relocation as a positive.
"Better in the long run," McReynolds says. "A better shop, better parking and a better location from what I've heard."
AAMCO's new shop will be located at 722 Church Street near the intersection of Pratt Avenue.
Developers are currently working to finalize contracts and should make an announcement about other tenants who will join Whole Foods at the new development in the coming months.