Tuscaloosa County serves as the regional shopping hub for West Alabama. From updating a wardrobe to enhancing a home, the area offers stores and boutiques to satisfy every shopper’s whim.
The retail marketplace in Tuscaloosa County is growing. With two large shopping malls, another large one under construction, 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 dramatically in the years ahead.
Retail development is a high priority in the Chamber’s programming. In fact, the Tuscaloosa City Council recently voted to shift the city’s economic development efforts, previously housed at City Hall, to the Chamber to attract and retain businesses throughout Tuscaloosa. Bringing in businesses and stores now absent in the Tuscaloosa area is one of the Chamber’s duties. An aggressive and proactive approach will soon plug any retail gaps in the community.
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 farmer’s markets boom during the growing seasons.
Our restaurant scene is varied and has expanded greatly in recent years—you can find a great burger or dine fancifully along the Black Warrior River or in the chic 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 delicious experience.