From updating a wardrobe to enhancing a home’s ambiance, the area offers stores and boutiques to satisfy every shopper’s whim. When the need to relax and refresh strikes, our restaurants and spas are welcoming.
The great retail marketplace in Tuscaloosa County is growing. With three large shopping malls, including the new Midtown Village, 50 or so smaller malls located around the county, two downtown areas (Tuscaloosa and Northport) undergoing revitalization and specialized shops scattered all around, shopping in Tuscaloosa County draws from all of West Alabama. Retail sales perennially top the $2 billion mark, and expectations are that sales will grow in the years ahead.The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has made retail development a high priority in its strategic programming. Developers are seizing opportunities to build new retail sites and expand existing ones. Growth along U.S. Highway 69 South toward Moundville has spurted in the last few years and continues at a brisk pace. Growth east and north of Tuscaloosa is dramatic.
Tuscaloosa County enjoys an abundance of fresh items from our gardens, catfish ponds, neighboring chicken farms and Gulf Coast waters, less than a day’s drive away. Our local farmers’ markets boom during the growing seasons.
Our restaurant scene is varied and expanding—one can find a quick burger or dine fancifully along the Black Warrior River or in the downtown areas, with lots of character and flavor. Residents and visitors will tell you that some of the best barbeque they’ve ever eaten was served to them here. From formal dining rooms to sports pubs to down-home cooking, dining in Tuscaloosa County is a great experience.