Groundbreaking ceremony held for Shoppes at Ola Crossroads

Photo of groundbreaking ceremony at Shoppes at Ola Crossroads (staff photo)

Photo of groundbreaking ceremony at Shoppes at Ola Crossroads (staff photo)

Company representatives from JWA Ventures, county officials, and local media gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony on the new Shoppes at Ola Crossroads development. The development, located at the northeast corner of state route 81 and North Ola Road, will be anchored by a Publix grocery store.

The new 48,000 square feet grocery store has a targeted opening in the first quarter of 2021. The development will also include over 22,000 sq ft of auxiliary shops and three outparcel’s.

“The Shoppes at Ola Crossroads will serve as a neighborhood shopping center in a growing area of Henry County. The mixed-use zoning designation received in 2019 will provide the frame work for retail, restaurants, pharmacy, various soft goods, office, and single family residential,” said Evan Conder, Vice President of Development for Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC. “This commitment from Publix speaks volumes to the strength and quality of the community, as the first phase of this development begins.”

Photo of Commissioner Gary Barham addressing the audience at the groundbreaking ceremony for Shoppes at Ola Crossroads (staff photo)

Commissioner Gary Barham praised Publix for their high standards of customer service during the event. (staff photo)

The project was approved by the board of commissioners in April 2019 as part of a larger 103.5 acre rezoning to mixed use (MU). In addition to the Publix-anchored shopping center, a single-family residential subdivision with half-acre lots will be built. Home sizes will start at 2,400 square feet.

About the Developer

JWA Ventures, LLC, invests in build-to-suit and shopping center development opportunities on behalf of user clients, using the resources of JWA Companies and select development partners. JWA Ventures seeks tenant relationships to help them expand throughout the United States as well as tenants looking for opportunities in affiliate-owned properties.

Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC, based in Montgomery, Alabama, has developed and managed a wide array of properties throughout the eastern United States, including Class A office buildings, hotels, residential communities and millions of square feet of premier shopping space. These experiences have brought knowledge and expertise that have generated new investment opportunities in capital, hospitality and gaming ventures as well. As a result, JWA’s services are expanding through the formation of partnerships and companies, including 42 Equity Partners, A&W Enterprises, LLC and JWA Ventures, LLC. JWA was founded by Jim Wilson, Jr. and today is led by his sons, Jim Wilson, III and Will Wilson, and a well-established team of talented and experienced professionals. For more information about JWA, please visit

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