City of Troy celebrates the opening of new shopping center.

The city of Troy celebrated one of its newest economic expansions Wednesday morning as city officials officially cut the ribbon on Troy’s newest shopping center, one that has brought expanded retail options to Pike County.

The shopping center features retail establishments Five Below, Ulta, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby and Rack Room Shoes with more stores still to come later this fall. City officials say these new stores have opened up the door for more residents to stay and shop in Troy.

“I didn’t realize how big some of these national chains were to some of our residents until we announced that we were building them but it means a lot,” says Troy City Council President Marcus Paramore. “There were a lot of people in Troy and in Pike County that were driving to Dothan, that were driving to Montgomery, that were driving to Enterprise to visit and and do patronage with these retailers and now they’re here in Troy for them.”

There are plans to add more shops to the center in the future and Mayor Jason Reeves says the success of all of the new businesses will mean new opportunities for Troy’s economy.

“As these businesses are successful then more and more and more will come,” says Reeves. “So I’m very excited about the future. I think we’re going to see continued growth as long as we can keep our workforce engaged and as long as we can keep inflation under control.”

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