Situated on in the beautiful north Alabama region known to locals as The Shoals, Florence has been dubbed “The Renaissance City.” Fittingly, the town has a shopping center bearing the same nickname.
The existing space, formerly a food store, will be demolished to make room for a new structure housing other types of retail. Phase I, including a Hibbett’s and Books-A-Million, will open in late 2011. Phase II, a 54,000 square foot Publix, will debut in late 2012.
Construction is slated to include an underground storm water retention system with 150,000 cubic feet of retention, a new internal traffic pattern designed for better access to adjoining retail and an upgrade to the roads accessing the property. Onsite infrastructure will include new utilities, landscaping, site lighting and paving.
Join us as we chronicle the development of Florence’s new Renaissance City Center.
Publix is shaping up, inside and out. The parking lot has been paved and striped, and baler/compactors are in place. Sinks, fixtures and shelving are in place, along with meat, seafood and produce coolers. Cash registers are being installed.
Outside work included installation of roofing at the loading dock, and windows and Dextex doors at the storefront. Work progressed inside at the pharmacy, bakery and deli areas.
The site has been very active this week. Highlights include:
- installation of the transformer and generator
- the new sprinkler riser room
- p-gravel at front entrance
- stainless steel bollards and handrails
- stamped concrete at the front entrance
With the front of Publix in view, it’s easy to see that we’re nearing completion. EFIS is complete at the front entrance and electrical work is being installed at the pharmacy drive-thru. Sidewalks are in place.
Work continued to progress both inside and outside the Publix structure. Wall tile in the deli and seafood area are in place. EIFS activity is ongoing at the front of the building and at at the pharmacy drive-thru canopy. We are also forming the sidewalks at the front of Publix.
Work inside Publix included installation of walls at the pharmacy area, hard tile on the sales floor walls and terrazzo floor in the sales area. The canopy at the loading dock and grading at the back of the building also continued.
It was been a busy week at Renaissance City Center. We are:
- grinding terrazzo floor
- prepping for pavement in the loading dock area
- joining flashing from Publix to Books-a-Million
- insulating pharmacy drive-thru window
- installing parking lot lights
- finishing off EIFS and roofing
This week, stainless steel scupper downspouts and coverflow were installed. The sales area terrazzo floor was completed and the pharmacy drive through concrete slab poured
At Publix, the Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EFIS) has been installed on the canopy, and front entrance brick/split block are in progress. Inside, we completed installation terrazzo floor, painted walls at the bakery and installed light fixtures on sales floor.