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Tom Brown’s Restaurant to Open at The Market at Hays Farm

A popular Madison restaurant will be the first restaurant at The Market at Hays Farm.

Tom Brown’s Restaurant has signed on to open a second location at the South Huntsville development, Atlanta-based real estate investor and developer Branch Properties announced.  The steak and seafood restaurant will occupy a 6,000-square-foot space at the Publix- and Staples-anchored development.

Owned and operated by seasoned restaurateurs Tom Brown and Paul Daley, the eatery focuses on providing the freshest ingredients in a casual, yet elevated, atmosphere.

“Despite a challenging year, my team and I are looking forward to continuing our passion and growing our restaurant brand as one of the top choices for premium casual dining in the Huntsville area,” Brown said in the announcement. “The Market at Hays Farm will be an ideal location as we expand into the community, and we are looking forward to opening our doors next fall.”

Tom and Ashley Brown are giving the South Huntsville restaurant its own vibe.

The Huntsville restaurant will be different from the flagship restaurant at The Shoppes of Madison with its own vibe and atmosphere. Brown and his wife, Ashley, are designing the new restaurant with modern, cool colors, complemented by bold pieces of art and gold hardware accents.

The Market at Hays Farm is a 111,233-square-foot shopping center under development in the up-and-coming Hays Farm area of Huntsville, destined to become one of the most prominent shopping and dining offerings in the city.

Anchored by Publix and Staples, the development will also feature a mix of tenants appealing to the surrounding neighborhoods, including the Goodall Homes community, which will add single-family homes for more than 400 families in the larger Hays Farm development.

“As we continue to identify a variety of uses to best serve the surrounding Huntsville area, we are looking forward to The Market at Hays Farm becoming a valuable component of the burgeoning area and overall Hays Farm project,” said Branch Partner and Head of Asset Management Brett Horowitz. “Tom Brown’s will bring a top-tier, yet approachable, dining experience to the center, and we look forward to its continued success as the brand grows.”

Tom Brown’s Restaurant at The Market of Hays Farm is slated to open late next fall.

Publix to Anchor The Market at Hays Farm

One of the most prominent vacant retail developments in the Huntsville metro area is getting a $23.5 million investment, it was announced Friday.

Publix Super Market will serve as the grocery anchor for the Market at Hays Farm (formerly Haysland Square) development, according to developer Branch Properties.

“This is an exciting development for South Huntsville and a welcome announcement for all those residents who have eagerly hoped for a revival of the Haysland Square property,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “This is also what happens when the city invests wisely in infrastructure that promotes planned growth and development such as the $60 million spent on the South Parkway ‘Restore Our Roads’ project, the new Grissom High School, and the new Haysland Road Extension and greenway.

“We applaud the Hays family for seeing the promise of South Huntsville and for their investment in its success.”

The Market at Hays Farm boasts more than 150,000 square feet of small shops and junior anchor space available in addition to multiple outparcels to serve the needs of the growing South Huntsville community. 

Branch Properties has developed and owned more than 45 Publix-anchored shopping centers around the Southeast and worked in collaboration with Tailwinds Development, which has built more than 15 Publix-anchored centers over the last 20 years.

“Publix has always been a pleasure to work with, and we value our relationship with them,” said James Genderau of Tailwinds. “John Hays and his family, who have owned the property for over 50 years, were truly the reason we made this deal happen. John is a gentleman and man of his word”

Branch Properties Executive Vice President said, “The city’s development staff of Shane Davis (director of Urban and Economic Development), Kathy Martin (city engineer) and Jim McGuffey (manager Planning Service), were rock solid and always had their doors open for us. This team was led by Mayor Tommy Battle who really had a vision for South Huntsville  … We appreciate what (he) has helped us accomplish here”

Since June 2018, South Huntsville has seen $75 million of private investment. The Hays Farm development will include single-family homes, apartments and townhouses to complement retail businesses and a nine-acre city park.

“The much-anticipated Market at Hays Farm is the first of many great things coming to Hays Farm and the South Parkway,” said South Huntsville Main Business Association Executive Director Bekah Schmidt. “We welcome the new Publix to the South Huntsville community and look forward to small businesses and additional anchors coming to the Market at Hays Farm.”

Demolition will begin immediately with the center scheduled to open in the fall of 2021.

South Huntsville Business Opportunities Revealed on Possibilities Tour

Dale Carnegie once said, “We all have possibilities we don’t know about.”

The South Huntsville Main Business Association hosted a bus tour for business owners interested in business in the southern end of town. (Photo/Steve Babin)

The South Huntsville Main Business Association showed off its potential this week with a “Possibilities Tour” of the upcoming Hays Farm development.

The organization welcomed business owners and potential business owners who may be looking to start a business or open a location on the busy south end of town.

In spite of the rain, a couple dozen people ranging from those interested in doctor’s offices to restaurants, retail stores and, even, office space took the tour.

At the post-tour luncheon, SHMBA Executive Director Bekah Schmidt laid out everything that is happening on the 850-acre Hays Farm development. Included in that is the former Haysland Square, renamed The Market at Hays Farm, and the Huntington shopping area.

“A lot of people know the daily traffic counts along the Parkway in that area are anywhere from 52,000 to 75,000 cars a day, making it very appealing,” said Schmidt. “But we wanted to show people there is much more coming, and there are additional benefits to opening a business on this end of town that people don’t know about.”

SHMBA Executive Director Bekah Schmidt said there are “additional benefits to opening a business on this end of town that people don’t know about.” (Photo/Steve Babin)

She said there will be retail, restaurant and office space surrounding the $3.6 million City Centre Park off the Parkway; and there are also outparcels of land available for purchasing and building.

At the Market at Hays Farm, there will be 1,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet of space available, some with kitchen space already set up for restaurants.

“We also want people to know that while downtown Huntsville is a hot spot right now for retail, that space may run you $30 per square-foot and up,” Schmidt said. “You can get the same amount of space in South Huntsville for $12 to $25 per square foot.

“And when you get in on the ground floor of a growing development like this, we can tailor the space to your specific needs, while later on, you will not have as many customizable options.”

The Market at Hays Farm is scheduled to open in late summer or early fall 2021.