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Best Buy to close store on County Line Road

Jack Weatherly

The County Line Road retail corridor will lose another major retailer with the closing of the Best Buy store at 6374 Ridgewood Court in Jackson.

The store will close at the end of business on Oct. 31, the Richfield, Minn.-based chain said Monday in a release. It opened in November 2000.

The announcement comes on the heels of the recent closing of Sam’s Club in the same shopping center. Sam’s opened a new store in Madison in early August.

We chose to close this store ahead of its lease end, as growth in other nearby areas has accounted for enhanced retail options and changed customer traffic,” spokesman Shane Kitzman said in an email.

He declined to say when the lease will expire.

When the Jackson store closes, we will continue to operate two big box stores in the Jackson area as we have Best Buy stores less than 20 minutes away in Madison and in Flowood.”

All 61 employees will have the opportunity to apply for positions at nearby Best Buy stores. Our goal is to keep as many employees with the company as we can. Full-time and part-time employees who do not secure a position at another Best Buy location will be eligible for a severance package. Employees were notified last night.”

In recent years, County Line has been losing retailers to newer shopping centers in the metro area.

Alan Hart, director of community development for Ridgeland, said: “We’re obviously concerned with what’s going on the other side of the street.”

Ridgeland and Jackson are working with merchants along the corridor to form a business improvement district to address issues that arise.

The corridor is still attractive, with 41,000 vehicles a day using the street, Hart said. “That’s attractive to a retailer,” he observed. And improvements on the four-lane road such as addition of a median have made it safer, he said.

The Clarion-Ledger quoted Jackson City Council President Melvin Priester as saying that “we have to reach out to existing businesses to make sure they have what they need and that we are out front on these situations. This is something that we are focused on and concerned about on the council.”

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