GENEVA CO., Ala. (WDHN) — Later this year, the long-anticipated four-lane of Highway 52 from Malvern to Hartford will get underway.

Recently, Rhonda Hendrix and her family moved their “long time” produce business to a brand, new location across the street from Highway 52 in Slocomb.

The old building will be in the path of the four-lane project. The Hendrix family has been in the fruit and veggie business for five generations.

Most of their produce for sale is grown on their farm.

“You know god looks after you when you don’t even realize it,” Rhonda Hendrix of Hendrix Produce said. “At first, everyone was concerned about what was going to happen? Yes, a lot of people didn’t think we were going to rebuild, but here we are. We made it.”

For one farmer who sells his wares, his fruit, and vegetables in the Slocomb area. He says the four-lane is a mixed bag, but generally a good thing.

Following notice of eminent domain to expand Highway 52, Gerid White and his family built an entirely new production building about 50 yards from their current facility which has to go according to the Alabama DOT.

“Having a new facility, but the infrastructure as far as having a new facility, we welcome the road expansion,” White said. “That’s not a problem, it’ll bring us more business, bring us more people we look forward to it being completed so business will be back to normal and hopefully better.”

In addition to these fruit and vegetable stands, a number of other businesses along Highway 52
eastern Geneva County are getting ready to relocate as well.