Pizitz Alberta

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Logo from the 1965 grand opening advertisement.

Pizitz Alberta was a branch of the Pizitz department store that opened across from the Leland Shopping Center on 26th Avenue East in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa. Operating as a branch of Pizitz Downtown Tuscaloosa, the store opened on August 16, 1965 and operated until its closure in August 1981.

On April 10, 1965, the Pizitz of Tuscaloosa vice president announced that a second Pizitz location in Tuscaloosa would be constructed in Alberta City. At that time, its was announced that George Dutton would serve as the first store manager and that it would be operated as a branch of the downtown Tuscaloosa Pizitz. The contractor for the store was Reynolds Construction Company with the First Federal Savings & Loan Association providing the financing for its construction. Construction of the 12,000 square foot store in the colonial revival style commenced later that April.

The grand opening of the store occurred on August 16, 1965. At its opening, the store featured 22 separate departments and parking on-site for 40 cars. The building is steel construction with a brick facade. The interior originally featured walnut paneling and floors covered with terrazzo and carpet. The final cost of construction was approximately $250,000.

This store, along with the downtown location, closed in August 1981. The inventory at the store was liquidated and sold off by Pizitz of Birmingham, whose opening of a store in University Mall led in part to the closure of the Pizitz of Tuscaloosa stores. The former Pizitz building was subsequently occupied by a Spiller Furniture store, but was demolished by 2012 due to extensive damage sustained during the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.

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