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September 16, 2010

Filling the north side niche

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CULLMAN — As a resident of the north side of Cullman, I’ve become a little jealous of all the restaurant and business options on the south side of town. When the Walmart shopping center came in on that side, a lot of the growth followed suit — with Cici’s Pizza, Casa Fiesta, Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-a, et al. popping up soon after. Not to mention TJ Maxx and the Carmike movie theater.

Now, I know there are tons of good restaurants down on Highway 157 near Interstate 65, but that’s still a few miles away for me.

But, the pendulum seems to finally be swinging the other way, with the addition of two new restaurants set to open before the end of the year in the Arnold Village Shopping Center.

I’m already a big fan of Sweet Peppers Deli, and now the new Peking restaurant opened beside it has become my new favorite Chinese place.

The food is great, the prices are affordable and the location is less than a mile from my house (a combination I like to call the perfect storm).

My wife and I have become huge fans of this place, and I highly recommend you check it out. It’s easily the best option in that area for quality Chinese food.

Coming soon in the same shopping center is Chamblee’s Restaurant, which is moving from Hanceville, into the old Movie Gallery location. I’ve yet to sample Chamblee’s menu, but I’ve heard wonderful things about their Italian food and steaks. Can’t wait for it to open.

The north side Cullman Shopping Center is also doing well, with Belk, JC Penney, Shoe Department Encore, Books-A-Million, etc.

As Cullman continues to grow and develop, restaurants and businesses are finally beginning to space out across every facet of the city, which is a great thing.

Now, all we need is a Redbox movie kiosk on the north side of town. The south side has two Redbox locations and a Blockbuster. With both Movie Gallery stores now closed, there is a movie rental void to the north. Entrepreneurs, take note.

‰ Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 220.

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