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Businesses continuing to open in Trussville

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:28 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Throughout the pandemic, many businesses and restaurants have had to close their doors, but other small businesses have found success.

“We have shopping centers that were built and completed during the pandemic,” Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said. “They survived, didn’t lose any tenants so far.”

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said the city’s growth has been non-stop.

“We’ve got new businesses moving in,” Choat said. “We’ve got a new entertainment district that is almost completed. We’ve got shopping centers being revived, so things are moving in the right direction.”

Choat said he’s been working on growing the city since he was elected in 2016 and the pandemic didn’t impact the plans too much.

“We had a lot of things in motion when the pandemic did hit,” Choat said. “Fortunately we were far enough along that some of those could continue. We are not where we thought we would be like a lot of cities now. Revenue wise, we have maintained our budget, we have stayed a head actually.”

He said while many of the new businesses have been able to open, they are still struggling with staffing and materials on the construction project is holding them up some.

“The biggest problem we’ve got is materials and trying to get them to contractors to finish,” Choat said.

Choat said he hopes the new businesses will help increase the amount of people living in the city.

“We found a way to develop something to bring people to Trussville and now people are wanting to live in Trussville,” Choat said. “I think this time that we are experiencing right now is as good as it has been in Trussville in a long time.”

Mayor Choat said the next phase in the revitalization plan is for a working environment and to help create more jobs. He said they will soon begin construction for more than 25 new office spaces in downtown.

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