New Life Comes to Northside Mall

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It was once a bustling shopping center but now all you see at Northside Mall are a few cars and a lot of empty buildings.

But thanks to the introduction of Publix and Hobby Lobby the strip mall is getting it's own revitalization.

"I think it ought to draw a lot of people we have been needing it for a long time because this place was dying," said Dothan resident, Dorothy Eckenroth.

Dorothy’s daughter, Debi, feels the same.

"This has been a dead shopping center for a long time and it's about time that something good came in and for years we have been wanting Hobby Lobby to come in."

Construction has been underway for Publix for the past month and Hobby Lobby is expected to open within the next few weeks.

Grand openings mean more than new customer for these popular shopping sites.

It could mean more revenue for existing places like Books-A-Million.

"It's bound to draw traffic for books a million. As it was before, Books-A-Million was about the only thing that you could go to," said Dorothy.

And there's a new kid coming to the block.

Officials with Panera Bread-an upscale sandwich and coffee shop- say they plan to open up shop in June along Highway 231.

Mixing a little bit of the old with a lot of the new could be exactly what is needed to bring life back to the Dothan strip.

Rumors about Carrabba's Macaroni Grill have been floating through the Wiregrass.

However, News 4 contacted corporate and officials say there are no plans to bring one to the Circle City.

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