Planet Smoothie coming to Alabaster

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Planet Smoothie soon will join Jimmy Johns, Pizza Hut and Taziki’s in the Alabaster Landing shopping center off U.S. 31 in Alabaster, the developer confirmed on Sept. 26.

The restaurant, which specializes in offering a wide range of smoothies, smoothie bowls and add-ins ranging from whole grain oats to peanut butter, recently signed a lease for a spot in the shopping center next to Shelby Baptist Medical Center, said Harbert Realty Services Vice President Casey Howard.

“They will be moving in soon, as they have begun their build out process,” Howard wrote in an email.

This will be Planet Smoothie’s second location in Shelby County, as the franchise also operates a location off U.S. 280 in Hoover.

With the addition of Planet Smoothie, Alabaster Landing at 630 First Street North has one 2,200-square-foot vacant retail space remaining.

Alabaster Landing’s original tenants, Jimmy John’s and Pizza Hut, opened in early November 2016, and Taziki’s opened in mid-July.

In November 2015, the Alabaster City Council voted unanimously to approve a tax incentive plan valued at $1.125 million over a 10-year period for the Harbert development.

Through the incentives plan, Alabaster will reimburse the developer for 60 percent of the city sales tax collected at the development during the first five years the center is open. For the sixth through 10th year the center is open, Alabaster will reimburse Harbert for 40 percent of the city sales tax collected at the development.

The city also received a more than $360,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation to make sidewalk and landscape improvements along Second Street Northeast from Fifth Avenue Northeast to Seventh Avenue Northeast.

Second Street Northeast runs south of the main Shelby Baptist campus off U.S. 31, and soon will tie in to the new restaurant and office development.