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New center lands Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports

Work has begun on a $21 million shopping center called Crawford Farms in Madison.

Hobby Lobby and Academy Sports will be in the first phase of the 38-acre development at the intersection of Highway 463 and Welch Farms Road, east of Interstate 55.

Those two stores will make up 120,000 square feet. “Preleasing for the second phase is underway and could include up to 150,000 square feet,” said John Michael Holtmann, a principal with Duckworth Realty and a co-developer of the project.

Duckworth Realty principals Ted Duckworth and Breck Hines are in the final stages of completing the District at Eastover, a mixed use development in north Jackson.

Holtmann said he expects the 12.5-acre first phase of Crawford Farms to be completed in April.

Of the first two tenants, Holtmann said in a release: “We appreciate their trust in us to provide their facility needs in Madison.

“They have been excellent to work with. We are pleased that they have selected Crawford Farms. It not only speaks to the quality of the site but also the appeal of the city,” Holtmann said.

Based in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby has more than 600 stores, 10 of which are in Mississippi.

Academy Sports is based in Katy, Texas and has nearly 300 stores.

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  1. The site prep work going on at Crawford Farms received some downpours which released large and uncontrolled stormwater runoff to Brashear Creek last week. People saw the chocolate milk color of the Creek and complained to the City of Madison and the the regulators at MDEQ and silt control fences and other Best Management Practices have been installed. Brashear runs into the Pearl River below the Ross Barnett Dam. Mississippi contractors routinely spill massive amounts of sediment into our streams. If this had been another place, or on some rural highway nothing would have been done. Thank God everyone is scared to death of Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler in Madison. The fish in the Pearl River would thank her if they could.

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