SYLACAUGA, Ala. -There are many new developments coming to Sylacauga this year. SylacaugaNews.com checked in with the progress of the construction for several of these developments.
Daylight Donuts, a chain started in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1954, is being brought to Sylacauga by Bunnat “Bunny” Heng. They offer donuts with a light texture and flavor.
Bunny also owns the Daylight Donuts store in Alexander City, which he opened around five years ago. He purchased the property on W. Fort Williams Street two years ago, but because of an accident where he was injured, he has been unable to continue with the opening until recently. Bunny thought the location and population of Sylacauga was good for a new Daylight Donuts. He has February in mind for the opening of the Sylacauga location, but there is still work to do on the building. They hope to be done with the outside of the building this week, then move to the inside.
“I am excited to open soon. I want to thank the people of Sylacauga for their support, and I hope everyone comes down when we open,” said Bunny.
Another development people are excited about is the Hutton Developments with T.J. Maxx, Petsense, and Hobby Lobby. Mark Posey, the Assistant Superintendent, said T.J. Maxx is set to open Feb. 17. They are finishing paving the parking lot this week unless it rains. The back of the building has been completed with a pond, and hay has been laid for the grass to grow. There is also construction on Highway 280 – turning lanes and red lights are being designed and installed for a safer driving experience to get to the stores.
“We’re making our dates so far, so everything will be out here soon,” said Posey. “Hobby Lobby and Petsense will be opening around late March or early April. This is Petsense’s 171st location nationwide, so they are excited to come to Sylacauga and move up.”
Along with the new developments, Dollar General on Broadway Ave. put up a new sign on Friday. Because of the wind storm last year, the old street sign was knocked down. They noticed the sign on the building needed to be replaced, as well. The employees of Dollar General said they think the new signs will be more inviting to customers, and will help bring in more people.
“We’re really excited about the potential for business in our downtown district, as well as on 280,” said Executive Director for Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce Laura Strickland. “Development in both areas is an asset to the entire community. It brings additional interest in the opportunities that await us here. Citizens of Sylacauga, as well as the surrounding communities are excited about the opportunities to expand shopping and tax revenue for the community, which will, in turn, bring more opportunities for all areas of the city.”
Other businesses are starting to join the Chamber in order to help get involved with the community. Laura said, “We’ve seen an interest in business partners outside of Sylacauga wanting to be a part of all that is going on here, whether that be wanting to establish that here, or just develop relationships to bring their products and services to Sylacauga.”