Business Moves with Mary: Bank of Vernon coming to Columbus


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



Bank of Vernon plans to expand to Columbus, but it's not certain when that branch might open.


Andy Johnson, CEO of Bank of Vernon, said the new branch will open on the corner of Bluecutt and Chubby Drive, 3561 Bluecutt Road. The bank first opened in Vernon, Alabama in 1911 and even survived the Great Depression. In 2017, it opened another branch in Caledonia, which is currently its only other branch outside Vernon.


Over on Highway 45, Aaron's, a rent-to-own furniture and electronics store, emptied its Columbus store earlier this month and posted a sign on its door announcing its merge with the Starkville location. If you're looking for rent-to-own furniture or electronics, you can travel to the Starkville location, 424 Highway 12 W., in the Village Crossing Shopping Center.



Also in Columbus, The Uniform Center opened its new location at 443 Wilkins Wise Road. New owners Leroy and Pam Lacy moved the business from Highway 45.


It offers scrubs and nursing supplies Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Belk, 2031 Highway 45 N., held its grand re-opening in Columbus Wednesday after in-store renovations. Belk Manager Larry Armstrong said the store just completed renovating the flooring, lighting and fitting rooms this year.


Armstrong said the Columbus location is ranked 14th out of 150 stores in the western Belk division in total sales, and is also one of the top profitable stores for its size in the nation. The clothing store, which started in North Carolina, is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year.


Over in West Point, you can look forward to fresh donuts and sausage rolls again with the Hoover's Bakery grand reopening Saturday. Make sure to wake up early, with the grand opening at 5 a.m. Hoover's closed its doors in 2017 but will reopen at its new location, 58 Highway 45 N., under the ownership of a nonprofit affiliated with Community Counseling Services. It will be open Tuesday through Friday from 5 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 a.m.-1 p.m.


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