By MADOLINE MARKHAM
A Winn-Dixie grocery store is anticipated to open in the former Bruno’s location in Inverness Corners.
On Dec. 14 Winn-Dixie applied for a permit for the space, Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey announced during his state-of-the-city address on Dec. 16. A lease has not yet been finalized for the space.
Mayor Ivey said that Hoover is excited to have the 53,000-square-foot space filled. The building has been vacant since Bruno’s closed in the summer of 2009.
“We have had a lot of our big buildings fill up this year,” Mayor Ivey said. “In this economy we are excited to have people wanting to get new businesses opening in the city.”
Area residents and business owners are also looking forward to having another grocery store along Highway 280 in addition to the Fresh Market as well as the Walmart and Publix south of Inverness.
“As a business owner in Inverness Corners, we’re thrilled that Winn-Dixie will be opening here which will increase foot traffic,” said Patsy Smith, owner of The Sewing Room located next to Kohls. “I live in this area as well, so I’m so happy to see a much-needed grocery store for the Valleydale/280 area.”
280 Living will continue to follow progress of the grocery store to keep you up-to-date on its offerings and opening.