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Publix signs on as anchor at new Alabama center


Thanks to Wernher von Braun, who developed the Saturn V rocket in the Alabama town, Huntsville is known as the Rocket City. Now the appellation is being applied to its population.

“The growing population accounts for 24% of Alabama’s 10-year population growth. The city’s total workforce tops 750,000 with nearby Cummings Research Park and Redstone Arsenal combining for a total of 24 million square feet of occupied office space,” said Jay Levy, president of Watkins Real Estate Group, who is developing a new necessity-based center in Huntsville.

According to Watkins, national retailers are “clamoring” for space in the area, and the company plans to accommodate some of them with the construction of The Pinnacle at Providence, a master-planned community.

Publix has announced it will anchor The Pinnacle with a 45,600-sq.-ft. store. Allure Nails Spa and a local dentist have also signed on at center, slated for completion in Q1 2018.

“The Pinnacle at Providence fills a void of services and dining options [for the] daytime population and workforce, as well as the abundance of students and residents in the surrounding area,” said Levy.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Huntsville’s population grew by more than 12,000 to 193,000 over between 2010 and 2016. The population of the Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville MSA tops 683,000.

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