Retail On The Rise in Opelika, Auburn

More retail shopping could be coming to Opelika. The city will hold public hearings on The Shoppes at Capps Farm, located off I-85 Exit 58. The development will feature eight national anchor stores, a movie theater and a playground for the kids.

Sitting diagonally across I-85 from Tiger Town is 62 acres of land that could soon turn into another massive shopping center. The Shoppes at Capps Farm will be up to 500,000 square feet of shopping, restaurants and an eight-screen movie theatre. It's something shoppers in Opelika are excited about.

"I think myself and a lot of the other female residents here love the opportunity to shop and spend their husbands' money. I'm definitely for that, not to mention it's going to bring some great jobs and other benefits and opportunities to the area," said Tamika Relf.

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller said Exit 58 is helping the city's sales tax revenue grow by leaps and bounds.

"We will have a development on all four corners of U.S. Highway 280 and I-85. It's a very high-traffic area, tremendous location," Fuller said.

An outdoor amphitheater will sit next to a playground, giving parents a variety of choices.

"You know, the kids playground, that is great! Mothers can go out and shop all day long while dads just sit at the playground," said Jeanetta Taylor.

Fuller said Tiger Town and The Shoppes at Capps Farm will redefine Opelika, but there's still growth at the heart of the city.

"Downtown Opelika continues to develop and look the best it's ever looked. I think you'll see additional stores and shops and businesses in downtown, as well as in these outlying areas," said Fuller.

At least one major retail store has committed to the new development, but that is being kept secret at this time. A major development is also being planned between exits 66 and 70, but it, too, is being kept under wraps.

There was also some big economic news out of Auburn Tuesday night. Construction for a new Sam's Club at Exit 57 is officially underway, meaning a lot of retail growth is underway in Lee County.