ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Albertville is quickly growing and expanding with construction in the works from one end of the city to the other, and even with the current momentum, there could be more to come.
"We think Albertville is experiencing a lot of momentum right now in a positive direction," Director of Community & Economic Development Melody Whitten says, "We've got a lot of good things going with two shopping centers announced and under construction currently."
The city announced the two shopping centers this year, one last week and the first in January. Both are going to be centered off of Highway 431 with stores unique to the area. "We've got over 200,000 square feet of shopping centers under construction in Albertville," Whitten says.
Whitten says that's in addition to the work planned for downtown. The city got a grant to aid in the funding. "We're excited about that and hoping we can breathe more new life into our downtown that's already got some new stores and restaurants," Whitten says.
Next month residents will vote on seven-day alcohol sales. City officials say a 'yes' vote could move the city even further.
"It's an important opportunity to recruit more restaurants to our area, create more jobs, create more money for city services, and for our local school system," Whitten says. City officials say prospective restaurants are more interested in areas with seven-day sales.
Overall Whitten says the city is moving on the right path. "I feel good about some other announcements coming soon," Whitten says.
Albertville voters will vote on 7 day alcohol sales on August 25th. Guntersville voters will also have the same decision to make at the polls that day.