Following the grand opening of a new retail business in Moulton, two restaurants and a car wash prepare for openings of their own. Still, things remain dormant at the site of an April fire devastation on the courthouse square, according to Moulton Building Inspector Renay Saint.
Dixie Deals, a discount bin store that recently opened on Highway 157 north of Mel’s Steakhouse, was the first in line to announce a grand opening this month in Moulton.
The store is soon to be followed by pizza-chain Dominoes and a new car wash, Shine Time Super Wash, also locating near 157.
Dominoes Manager Danish Dhedi said he projects his store will be open within the next two weeks in the Walmart Shopping Center off of Alabama 24. The store is set between Cato and Dollar Tree.
The store should employ 25 to 30 people, including cooks, drivers and management, store officials said. The restaurant will feature a small dine-in area and also plans to make deliveries within an eight-mile radius of the store.
Shine Time car wash also projects a November opening in Moulton this year, Saint said. The business is the fourth of its kind, owned by Mike Reiney, who started his Super Washes in Tupelo, Mississippi, 12 years ago.
Construction for the car wash is near completion at its location next to Sonic Drive-In and across the street from Murphy USA off Highway 157.
Moulton will also welcome a fourth Mexican restaurant, which plans to open around the end of the year or the first of January, according to Saint.
Cabos San Lucas, a family-owned restaurant with three other locations in Haleyville, Cullman and Jasper, is seeing construction on 157 near Foodland.
“It’s an upscale Mexican restaurant. People probably already notice the façade going up, it’s really nice,” Saint said.
As business continues to thrive along the highway, Saint said little has changed in Moulton’s downtown since an April 22 fire destroyed four businesses on Court Street.
Tucker’s Accessory and Tire Warehouse, Deja Vu Salon and The Willow Tree have all been forced to re-locate, while the fate of Court Street Grill remains uncertain.
Saint said the salon is conducting business at a temporary location on 157 but plans to return to the square as soon as construction can be completed.
“These things don’t happen overnight,” Saint said Monday.
Salon owner Tina Morgan said she was unsure of when construction could begin.
“I will know as soon as we get the survey done, but I’m hoping we’re back down there by the end of the year,” she said last month.
Tucker’s Tire was able to reopen in an existing facility in the Wren Community recently, Saint added. He said the Tucker’s are doing business at a location on Alabama 33 that lies within Moulton’s police jurisdiction.
The Willow Tree, an antiques and collectibles store that was once housed in a historic building beside the former Court Street Grill, relocated to another building on Court Street near Ink & Thread in July.
Though The Willow Tree’s former site is still standing following the fire, Saint said the structure is scheduled for demolition soon.