Developer plans to revitalize Golden Springs Shopping Center
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Local developer and business owner Brian Woodfin said he bought the Golden Springs Shopping Center in February and plans to remodel the struggling facility and bring in several new businesses. Photo by Stephen Gross.
Local developer and business owner Brian Woodfin said he bought the Golden Springs Shopping Center in February and plans to remodel the struggling facility and bring in several new businesses. Photo by Stephen Gross.
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A nearly vacant Anniston shopping center could soon be revitalized with new business tenants and remodeling upgrades.

Local developer and business owner Brian Woodfin said he bought the Golden Springs Shopping Center in February and plans to remodel the struggling facility and bring in several new businesses. The shopping center, located at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Choccolocco Road, has seen its tenants dwindle in recent years.

Woodfin said he is working on a deal to move Pediatrics Plus into the shopping center next year. Currently, Pediatrics Plus is on Ninth Street behind Regional Medical Center.

Chase Thomas, owner of Pediatrics Plus, said that he will move into a vacant free-standing building beside the shopping center in March after it is renovated and expanded. Thomas said he wants to add another 2,000 square feet to the building, giving it a total of 4,500 square feet. The ultimate goal is to connect the building to the larger shopping center, Thomas said.

"It will be a great location once the Eastern Bypass gets done," Thomas said, referring to the last leg of Veterans Memorial Parkway. "A lot of my patients come from Jacksonville and Piedmont. The bypass will cut out about 20 minutes of their drive."

Once completed, the bypass will connect U.S. 431 north of downtown to Interstate 20 via McCellan and allow quick travel to Oxford.

Woodfin said that after bringing in Pediatrics Plus, he wants to lure a local restaurant.

"I hope to put in a nice restaurant ... that area is so underserved," Woodfin said. "I'm looking at all kinds of things, even maybe a restaurant that serves breakfast."

Woodfin owns ABS Business Systems in Anniston, which provides printer and copier maintenance services. Woodfin also owns several buildings in the area, including a strip mall beside the Walmart Super Center in Oxford.

Woodfin said he plans to eventually locate a local pharmacy at the shopping center.

"I can't tell you who it is yet, but it will be a local business, not a chain," Woodfin said. "We've had many people in the area express an interest in us putting a neighborhood pharmacy there."

The shopping center's previous pharmacy, Golden Springs Pharmacy, closed earlier this year after the owner, Donnie Calhoun, sold the business to the CVS Pharmacy chain. CVS' lease agreement prohibits Woodfin from opening a pharmacy at the site for 24 months, he said.

In the meantime, the facility will be remodeled and updated, beginning in January, Woodfin said.

"We're going to tear the facade off and totally remodel the outside," he said. "We're not going to do much on the inside yet until we know more about who all will be moving inside it."

A large sign outside the shopping center has an artist's rendering of how the facility will eventually look.

Woodfin added that the shopping center's aging parking lot will be repaved.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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