Downtown Montgomery welcomes new local businesses

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (WSFA) – Downtown Montgomery will soon begin to see new businesses fill the void.

Businesses have struggled to stay open due to the pandemic, forcing the Irish Bread Bar to close after 10 years in business, while the Mellow Mushroom recently also closed.

The City of Montgomery has been working to reverse that, encouraging entrepreneurs to set up businesses downtown.

Councilwoman Marche Johnson, District 3, said the goal is to expand the recreation area and accommodate the area to welcome more tourists and potential residents.

“When we think about experiencing Montgomery, we know that the journey really begins in downtown Montgomery,” Johnson said. “We’re building our cultural identity in Montgomery.”

Krab Kingz on Bibb Street welcomes new customers with a grand opening on Saturday.

Owner Kieran Coe said he chose the location because of its potential to attract a large number of tourists and community members.

“Downtown Montgomery is really ready for development,” Coe said. “It’s a place where people can prosper.”

Johnson mentioned encouraging anyone thinking of starting a business to consider the following resources:

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