New businesses good news for county

Published 10:59 am Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The last few weeks brought very welcome economic news to the citizens of Shelby County.

Several new businesses have opened in the county, while others have announced interest in the area. A Walmart Neighborhood Market opened Nov. 6 in Helena, and a Winn Dixie will open in the Inverness area on Nov. 20. During a recent Alabaster City Council meeting, city leaders said several hotels have shown interest in the city, including Candlewood Suites.

This economic activity is great news for Shelby County. These new shopping centers will offer expanded goods and services to shoppers in Helena and Hoover.

“We have listened to our neighbors and are excited to offer a convenient shopping experience with items they want and need, exceptional service and the freshest products at the right price,” said Tim Flavin, Montgomery region vice president for Winn Dixie.

It also means more money being spent in the county and more tax dollars to support our schools and public programs. While the Inverness area already has a strong retail base, the new Walmart in Helena could spur more business activity in the area.

“This (store) will absolutely be a catalyst to fill the rest of this shopping center,” Helena Mayor Mark Hall said.

In addition to offering new goods and services, these businesses will also be great partners for their communities. In fact, Walmart officials celebrated its Helena store opening by presenting thousands of dollars in grants to local organizations, including school groups, the Helena Public Library, the Helena Police Explorers and a Boy Scout troop.

After years of a sluggish economy, we’re excited to hear positive economic news. Now that these new businesses have opened their doors, we hope Helena, Inverness and other residents will support these businesses by shopping local.

Shelby County residents know this is a wonderful place to raise a family or own a business, and we’re glad to see the business sector agrees. We also hope to see cities celebrating more ribbon cuttings in the future.

The editorial is the opinion of the Shelby County Reporter editorial board.