BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Though Five Points South is still considered an entertainment district, the area is going through some hard times.
There are plenty of empty store fronts and "for lease" signs in the area. Businesses like the old Fire and Ice and The Mill Restaurant remain empty. But on the bright side, the Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop will open March 8th and Chick-fil-A is set to open in May.
"You have the new development going on around Railroad Park, which is Five Points South. Over on 22nd Street, which is our far edge of the neighborhood, 'Sweet Tea,' which is a restaurant, they are about to open up," said James Little with the Five Points South Merchants Association.
Little says the area has been a destination spot for years and that isn't changing. Samford Properties, LLC owns several locations in Five Points South. The owner is Daniel Samford. He is actively marketing two vacant properties. Samford says there's been plenty of interest but he's still waiting for the right tenant.