2 new companies are bringing Troy’s historic square to full capacity


TROY, Alabama (WSFA) – Built in the early 1900’s, Troy Square is still open and is now expanding with two new storefronts!

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves is pleased to note that the openings slot will be fully occupied.

“What’s particularly exciting about these two is that they’re locals,” Reeves explained.

The market, which will open in Sips at the old location of the square, is owned by Yanni and Denise Tempelis. They have been on the square with their Italian restaurant Francesca’s since 2012.

“We both think that the square, historical Troy, the inner city square, is one of the most beautiful places,” explained Yanni Tempelis.

The market will have a restaurant on one side selling goods made locally in Pike County. On the other side there will be a grocery store.

“We wanted it frozen and chilled at retail,” explained Denise Tempelis. “We will try to do as many local things as possible.”

Across the street, Richard Alexander and co-owner Adam Renfroe will open The Corner, a restaurant that will offer grilled dishes in addition to specialty cocktails.

“It will have a full service bar. It will be a casual dining experience with a high-end atmosphere,” says Alexander.

Problems caused by rising inflation delayed corporate restructuring.

The Tempelis duo said they got the building in 2021 but are only just getting to the point where they could open. Yanni Tempelis said the conversion should have lasted no more than four months.

The Corner had trouble sourcing materials and contractors had multiple tasks to complete, which was beyond their manpower.

Both storefronts plan to open by September.

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