For Retail Developers

There are six interchanges along Interstate-59, which runs through DeKalb County. This, along with the county's growing population, has encouraged retail growth within the county. DeKalb County EDA can provide assistance to retail developers. For more information, contact the DeKalb County Economic Development staff at 256-845-7957.

DeKalb County Profile


Source: ESRI

DeKalb County Retail Marketplace Profile (pdf) County Retail Gap Analysis ESRI.



PopDen PerCapita

Housing Summary

Housing 2019

Source: and JSU Center for Economic Development and Business March 2019
*Region average represents the average home price across all eleven counties within the North Alabama region. 

Traffic Counts

Traffic counts for the entire county are available on the Alabama Department of Transportation Traffic Data website. Specific traffic counts for prime retail areas in DeKalb County are included below. Counter Year is 2017 which is the most current information.

Interstate-59 and US Highway 11


Interstate-59, AL Highway 35 and Gault Ave. S

i 59AL35

AL Highway 35 and AL Highway 75


Interstate-59 and AL Highway 68


Business Assistance from the Chambers of Commerce

DeKalb County businesses are fortunate to have three chambers of commerce – Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, Henagar Chamber of Commerce, and Rainsville Chamber of Commerce. These organizations provide support and networking opportunities for area businesses, as well as a unified voice in legislation.

Existing Retail Businesses


  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Days Inn by Wyndham
  • Econo Lodge
  • Quality Inn
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Rainsville

Major Retailers

  • Lowe's Home Improvement
  • Burke's Outlet
  • Harbor Freight
  • Hammer's Department Store
  • Hibbett Sporting Goods
  • Big Lots
  • John Deere Lawn & Garden Equipment-Snead Supply
  • Boykin Tractor Company
  • Walgreens
  • Wal-Mart Supercenter
  • Dunham's Sporting Goods
  • Rent-A-Center

Major Restaurant Establishments

  • Applebee's
  • Arby's
  • Burger King
  • Captain D's
  • Cattle Stampede
  • Chick-fil-a
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Dairy Queen
  • Domino's
  • Fazoli's
  • Jack's
  • KFC
  • Krystal
  • McDonalds
  • Osaka Sushi & Steakhouse
  • Papa John's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Popeyes
  • Santa Fe Cattle Co.
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Waffle House
  • Wendy's
  • WingStop
  • Zaxby's

Retail Property

For assistance in locating sites and buildings available for retail development, please visit the DeKalb County Realtors website.



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