Early construction rapidly in the works on future Albertville shopping center

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- An area in Albertville is transforming quickly as it moves to become the newly announced Shoppes of Albertville.

The site is the future home of a retail center that would include multiple major name stores that currently aren't in that area.

Located behind a slew of restaurant chains off of U.S. 431 in Albertville, this site is transforming quickly.

The center was announced last month, and at that time trees and grass covered the expansive area. Now it's the exposed base for what city leaders say will be a big impact on the area. "We anticipate that the city will generate, or the city will net, over eight hundred thousand dollars in sales tax dollars, and the school system will net about four hundred thousand dollars from the sales tax that's generated," Melody Whitten says. Whitten is the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Albertville.

Whitten says they are expecting the center to garner about 300 full and part-time jobs.

Hobby Lobby, T. J. Maxx, Hibbett Sports, Ross Dress for Less and PetSmart will be included in the center and Whitten says there are several more spaces that are in the process of getting filled.

"It is huge for us," Whitten says, "We've had a lot of retail leakage. A lot of our citizens travel elsewhere to shop and so we're hoping now that we can keep those dollars at home and also attract people to our area."

The city is working with GBT Realty on the project.

So, as early construction is rapidly in the works it's showing progress -- progress that city leaders say they hope will bring in visitors from all over the area.

Full construction on the project is expected to start in April.

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