MADISON — It was a “less than perfect weather day but a perfect day for a groundbreaking.”
With those remarks, Madison Chamber of Commerce Board President Carmelita Palmer opened a landmark groundbreaking ceremony Friday.
The Duluth Trading Co., an innovative apparel retailer noted for its unique TV commercials (the store has a link to the commercials on is website – https://www.duluthtrading.com/TV+Ads.html) will open a 15,000-square-foot retail store in the city’s Town Madison development.
“We are so excited,” said Madison Mayor Paul Finley. “To have Duluth come here … when people heard Duluth Trading was coming here, there is so much excitement.”
The store, Duluth Trading’s first in the state, will join Home2 Suites Hilton, convenience store Twice Daily and other offices and retailers in West End at Town Madison, which adjoins the Intergraph/Hexagon campus along Interstate-565. Duluth Trading is slated to open around the middle of next year.
“This is an exciting day for Town Madison,” said Joey Ceci, representing developer Louis Breland. “You couldn’t pick a better retailer” to join the project’s lineup.
Town Madison is a 563-acre modern, walkable, urban community which will also be the home of the minor league baseball Rocket City Trash Pandas and a Margaritaville Hotel.
Minnesota-based Oppidan Investment Co., a national property development firm, is the project developer.
Like everyone else at the ceremony, the 40-degree, rainy weather was on the mind of Oppidan’s Jay Moore – but in a different way.
“This is nice weather; it’s a switch for us,” he said.
Moore said Duluth was looking around the area for its first Alabama retail store before deciding on Madison.
“We approached Breland about a year ago,” he said. “We are super proud to be one of the first retailers in this fine development.”
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said the store will enable the development to become an economic engine and a destination.
“This is the start of a destination location,” he said. “To Duluth, this is a great investment. You’ll never regret it.”
Despite the grey skies and gloomy weather, Finley reflected the optimism of the big event and the future it beckons.
“This is a sun shiny day for the city of Madison.”