By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

When construction begins on the 2 Publix locations, there is going to be some road work done as well. Right now, the city is just waiting to hear back from corporate.

Mark Culver\Houston County Commission Chairman
Todd McDonald\Planning Director

Last November, the city of Dothan approved a plan to bring Publix to town. The 2 locations that were chosen are on Ross Clark circle across from the farm center and on John D Odom road near flowers hospital.

"The developers are still working through the design aspects of it. They are hoping to sell some outparcels, I am sure they are hoping to get some additional tenants in there, and honestly get all the I's dotted and the T's crossed before they talk about a groundbreaking date."

And when they decide to hit the circle city, some roadwork is also going to have to be performed.

"John D Odom is going to have to have some turn lanes, and it’s going to expand for trucks to get through. The same thing is going to happen on Cottonwood Road."

These ideas sound good... But they can't happen unless Publix starts construction. Right now, the ball is in their court.

"I think it’s going to depend on the economy for sure; I do not think Publix will move unless they take a look at their situation first."

But still, the city and county have not heard anything from the grocery store giant that says it will be pulling away. For now, they are just waiting patiently.

"It’s just another step if you will in our ongoing efforts to bring ourselves out of this downturn in the economy."

And to add to local development, a new shopping complex on 84, west near Brannon Stand road is being built, but there are no definite businesses coming in at this time. Dothan city planning is still expecting Publix to be completed sometime by the end of this summer.

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