Business openings, closures announced at Brundidge council meeting

Published 9:04 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Brundidge City Council met Tuesday night and worked from an agenda that had both good news and bad news.

Mayor Isabell Boyd said the city will welcome new business owners at Jackson Hardware and the former Floyd Shirley Ford facility but will lose the Family Dollar Store which will close in May or June.

Boyd said there is a possibility the Family Dollar could remain open if sales increase. She encouraged the community to support local businesses so that Brundidge can continue to offer those services to its citizens.

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Melanie Boykin, Family Dollar manager, also appealed to the community which she said she loves and wants to continue serving in the retail market.

“I’ll do anything to keep the Family Dollar here,” she said. “I don’t want to see it wiped away. That hurts.”

Boyd said she has been in contact with Dollar General management and there no plans to close the Brundidge store as is rumored.

City Manger Britt Thomas asked the council to consider a lease agreement for the doctor’s building that is necessary for the transition of the lease from Dr. Charles Linguitti to Dr. N.A. Yuis.

Thomas said Linguitti plans to ease out of his practice in April and Yuis, a Dothan cardiologist, will take over the practice with a new group. Yuis’ plans are to also offer cardiology services in the near future.

Boyd said another plus for the city was the grand opening of Pike Drugs on Monday.

“There was a large crowd there to give the new drug store a lift off,” Boyd said. “The city also got the incubator grant application off and, hopefully, it will be approved and that will be another positive for Brundidge.

Darell Cooks Kennedy, founder of Eternal Happiness Foundation, addressed the council with a request to put up a stand from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on April 6 for the donations of electric fans to meet needs during the summer months and also to give away fruits and vegetables and healthy eating materials.

“We want to encourage people to eat healthy and buy healthy foods,” he said. The council gave its approval for the temporary placement of the stand.

Vickie Robinson, Troy United Women’s League, presented a check in the amount of $500 to the city for the purchase of playground equipment. Robinson said the TUWL’s annual Black History Banquet is a fundraiser that allows the league to support worthwhile ventures throughout the county.

Boyd expressed appreciation to the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library for an outstanding Alabama bicentennial program at the We Piddle Around Theater on Saturday that featured historian Dr. Wayne Flynt of Auburn University and music by Lenny Trawick and Amanda Trawick.

In other council business, the council adopted a resolution that would permit an extension for  AT&T to continue work on a tower.