BY SARAH STEPHENS
In the shade of a large white tent, with refreshments available, city officials, Chamber members and guests celebrated the groundbreaking for Window World River Region Wednesday at the corner of Cobbs Ford Road and Main Street in Millbrook on Sept. 18, 2019.
A swarm of Love Bugs couldn’t dampen spirits on “A Great Day in Millbrook,” proclaimed Mayor Al Kelley. Economic Development Director Ann Harper welcomed the crowd and thanked the Millbrook Area Chamber of Commerce for providing refreshments on an abnormally hot September day.
Henry Santelices is the owner of Window World, which has 200 locations in the country, including multiple locations right here in Alabama. He made the decision to move the Montgomery operation to Millbrook earlier this year and made contact with the City of Millbrook.
Santelices said he is very excited about the new location, which is the southern entrance into city limits. There is a lot of traffic in the area, which will give the business tremendous visibility.
“This site and location, at a major intersection, will provide a highly visible storefront and tremendous traffic volume, in addition to making it more convenient for our employees, the majority who live in the Millbrook area,” Santelices said.
He also acknowledged George Elias, who will manage the Millbrook Business.
Elias said that he has lived in Elmore County for some time and loves the area.
“I am originally from Louisiana, but I call Elmore County Home. I am proud to live here. In fact, the people of Millbrook remind me a lot of the good folks back home,” Elias said.
Mayor Kelley said, “The new Window World location in Millbrook is a welcomed addition to our city, and in particular, this end of town. We think this location will present an enhanced volume of business for Window World River Region and look forward to the grand opening early next year.”
With that, a large group of attendees took up shovels and donned protective hats for the ceremonial groundbreaking to “throw some dirt” as Kelley said, signifying Window World’s commitment to the Millbrook community.
It is hoped the business will be up and running by January, Elias said, but it could come earlier.
Window World is considered one of America’s largest exterior remodelers with over 200 locations nationwide. Products and services offered include replacement windows, entry doors, siding and installation. Window World also believes in serving the entire community by financially supporting Window World Cares, a foundation devoted to raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Veteran’s Airlift Command, an organization that provides free transportation to wounded veterans who need access to medical treatment or who have been separated from family.
Last year, a total of one million dollars was contributed to these organizations.
“When you think about how far this city has come economically speaking since incorporation in 1977, it speaks very well of our city employees and our residents,” Mayor Kelley said. “Our growth is controlled but obvious. People want to live in Millbrook and more businesses are realizing the potential here. We may not be the sleepy little town I knew growing up anymore, but we still treasure the hometown feel and spirit of the community. I believe Window World acknowledges that, and we have a great relationship with them.”