The city’s growing population has spurred not just a housing boom, it’s also bringing in chain restaurants and retailers.
As the weather continues to warm up, construction is really getting into full swing on Jackson Avenue. Several new retail and restaurant locations are near completion, while others are just being advertised for lease. Here’s our list in photos of Oxford’s favorite new future businesses, although residents are still encouraged to remember our local, hometown restaurants and retailers.
A new Panera Bread is expected to open in part of this building, which is being construction beside the Jackson Avenue Wendy’s, where a Shell gas station was previously located.
Rubble next to the building that will house Panera Bread still waits to be clear away, before further work can begin on the parking lot area.
The view along the eastbound lane of Jackson Avenue is dotted with construction projects for restaurants and retail stores.
Highland Court, listed as “A luxury experience, exceptionally located,” on its sign, is located at the old Cannon Chevrolet on West Jackson Ave. Units are available from 1,000 square feet, with a total of 42,000 square feet for lease. No news yet on plans for the space.
The future C Spire store is located just two doors down from the company’s present location on Jackson Avenue.
The interior of the new C Spire store on Jackson Avenue is coming together, with duct work already going in place
A new Marshall’s is planned at Oakwood Plaza, in the near future. The construction schedule and grand opening date should be set soon, according to developer Harley White, with Southeast Real Estate Development Group.
Located next to the old railroad bridge, a 121-room Courtyard by Marriott is under construction. It will feature eight, two-story loft suites and an indoor pool. The Marriott is scheduled to open in August 2014, in time for football season.
Jackson Row would feature 20,000 square feet of commercial space and 215 luxury apartments, along with storage facility, a gym, pool and underground parking. The site is located just across the street from James Food Center on E. Jackson Avenue.
The excavation dirt work for the Jackson Row development has left some plants’ roots and pipes exposed at this next-door home.
A large crane will be used to construct the underground three-story parking garage that’s part of Jackson Row. Carothers Construction recently gained permission from the city to swing the crane over the adjacent roadway. The crane will also need to swing over several homes and businesses, and the company will need permission in the form of easements from those landowners. Some trucks delivering construction materials to the site will momentarily park on Jackson Avenue while the crane picks up heavy loads.
Photo Essay by Gretchen Stone, HottyToddy.com associate editor. Gretchen can be contacted about this story at Gretchen.Stone@HottyToddy.com.