DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Strong indicators the economy is improving in Decatur where they’re getting ready for a week of grand openings and grand re-openings. A major new restaurant, national retail outlet, even a new theater all opening their doors this week.
Monday, the first day of business for Decatur’s newest restaurant, The Mellow Mushroom. 20 minutes after the doors opened, the kitchen was abuzz with activity and all of the tables were filled. They’re excited about the future of the downtown area. (diane holman, restaurant owner) 18-24
“Just the growth and the revitalization efforts, the art college just opened and they’re already working on phase two of that,” says restaurant owner Diane Holman. She added, “There’s a loft initiative coming soon. Corporate had to make the final approval on coming downtown and they just liked the whole vibe.”
Meanwhile, Sixth Avenue becomes even busier with the opening of the new Kohl’s Store. They actually opened the doors yesterday but the store’s grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday. Decatur is one of nine new stores the company has opened so far this year. (mitch mixson, kohl’s manager) 48-54
“Here in Decatur, 105 new jobs, approximately 105. 950 nationwide with the new stores that we’ve just opened,” Kohl’s Manager Mitch Mixson tells WHNT News 19. He adds, “Customers come in, they’re really excited about us coming to Decatur, and we’re excited to be here.”
Mayor Don Kyle shares their excitement. He says these national names coming to the River City “reflect confidence in the people and leadership of the area,” and he says, “It speaks volumes about the city’s future.”
Thats exactly what The Decatur Mall is counting on with the opening Thursday of the new Carmike 12 Cinema. 2,400 seats, and hopes that this will bring additional shoppers back to the mall.
The three new businesses are expected to bring in about $3-million dollars in new sales tax revenues to the city each year. They’ve also created approximately 270 new jobs.