From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The main strip mall at Pinnacle at Tutwiler Farms has been able to keep some large retailers but 15 of the 43 spaces are empty. The development is located off Roosevelt Boulevard and can be seen from Interstate 59.
JC Penney, At Home, Belk and Best Buy are located in the main strip mall of the development. Chain restaurants such as Red Robin and Cajun Steamer are also a part of the development but are located outside of the main strip mall.
Several businesses have closed or moved from the shopping center, including Merle Norman, New York & Company, Crazy 8, and Kirkland’s Home, among others.
The owner of Merle Norman said she moved out because of the large number of other retailers leaving. She also said the rent was too high for her small space. She is now located inside Kuttin Up Salon.
The management group over Pinnacle at Tutwiler Farms responded to questions about the empty spaces.
JLL Retail said they have been working to get more retail spaces filled in order to meet the shopping needs of the community. The company said it has built strong relationships with its retailers and that its leasing team is highlighting competitive strategies and benefits to prospective retailers.
“Pinnacle at Tutwiler continues to be a preferred shopping destination among local residents who visit us for unique retail mixes available at our center and we appreciate their support,” JLL Retail said in a statement.
JLL Retail said the Pinnacle at Tutwiler Farm is no longer on the market to be sold and since the current company has been in charge of the management of the property, it has not lost any local or regional retailers.
For more information on Pinnacle at Tutwiler Farm, visit www.shoppinnacleattutwiler.com.