Be on the Lookout for These Auburn-Opelika Businesses Coming Soon

Living in the Auburn-Opelika area has so many perks. The area is constantly evolving and new businesses are always opening. You never know what new spot could become your favorite coffee shop or retail store. The neighboring cities are gaining some really unique businesses in 2022, with some set to pop up in early 2023. Here are 8 new businesses coming to the Auburn-Opelika in the near future to keep an eye out for:


Right off of Interstate 85 near Exit 50, you will soon be able to find a Buc-ees gas station and convenience store. If you’ve never been to a Buc-ees, you may wonder why this is exciting. Buc-ees is unlike any other gas station. The convenience stores are known for having exceptionally clean bathrooms, amazing food, and snacks as well as souvenirs for all different ages. This Buc-ees is projected to be 53,000 square feet with dozens of gas pumps, a car wash, and, of course, a convenience store.

The Potting Shed

The Chevron gas station on Hwy 280 will soon have a neighbor. The Potting Shed currently has a location on Moores Mill Road. However, it is expanding and opening a second storefront. This storefront will serve as a convenience to customers that currently have to drive to the other side of Auburn in order to buy plants. The new store will feature a larger greenhouse than the original storefront and should also offer more houseplants and varieties of trees.

The Graduate Hotel

You may have heard that Anders Bookstore in downtown Auburn recently closed after serving the community for 56 years. In its place, a Graduate Hotel is being built. Graduate Hotels are known for having amazing service and extraordinary decorations that show local traditions in the college towns where they are always located. Each hotel is unique and highlights the culture of the universities that surround them. This will be the first Alabama branch for Graduate Hotels, and the location will be very convenient for anyone in the Auburn Family wanting to stay near campus and/or downtown.


Construction has begun for a new Publix shopping center downtown on South Gay Street. It’s projected to open by Fall 2022 in the spot formerly occupied by Burger King. This Publix will be 35,600 square feet including 6,800 square feet of retail space. This will bring in a lot of jobs downtown as well as provide campus residents with a closer grocery store option than ever before.


Downtown will also soon be gaining a Target store. Ground has just broken on the lot directly neighboring Charming Oaks on North College Street. This Target will be the bottom floor of a three-floor building with the top two floors being residential. 32 two-bed, two-bath apartments will sit atop this new Target. The entrance to Target will be steps away from the new parking garage downtown.

Good Dog Park & Bar

Get your dog ready because Auburn is gaining a new dog park that also has a bar. Good Dog Park & Bar will provide dogs with a place to play while also catering to the owners. This will be an addition to The Pawms Pet Resort on East University Drive serving beer, seltzers, and wine. All drinks will be canned for the safety of pets. Good Dog will host local food trucks often and 1% of bar sales will be donated to local animal charities. A location in Birmingham is also set to open soon.


HomeGoods has recently been approved to join Flint’s Crossing shopping center on Opelika Road in the retail space formerly occupied by Earth Fare. This 22,000 square foot retail space will soon switch out its products for home decorations and the community is very excited. This is the city’s second attempt to bring HomeGoods to the area, and it has not been met with any obstacles.


Near Tiger Town, off of Frederick Road, Botanic is opening. Botanic will have a garden retail center, entertainment area, greenhouse nursery, and two restaurants. Both restaurants will be farm-to-table and offer classic southern-style meals made with ingredients grown on-site. They are sure to make it onto the community’s list of favorite local restaurants. Patrons will also be encouraged to walk around the ground’s pond to feed the turtles and ducks. Botanic will also offer a live music venue for local artists as well as a bar. Future plans after opening include cottages across the pond for overnight stays.

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