Craft is more optimistic about the new stores.
“My hope is that those people in that part of the county are already shopping in Huntsville and Madison anyway, so I hope it won’t effect us that much,” Craft said. “Hopefully, people in Limestone County will also remember that by shopping here they help the schools.”
Plus, development in the area works both ways. Craft noted. The new Publix supermarket off County Line Road is located in Limestone County, so the schools benefit from it.
Craft also said sales-tax collections are on the rise, increasing slightly in the past year.
“Last month we had good collections,” he said.
The Madison Target will open next month in a new shopping center called The Shoppes of Madison. Huntsville’s seventh Walmart —which will be less than a mile from Limestone County — is expected to open in the spring of 2013 in a shopping center called Colonial Promenade.