Incentives part of bid to keep Sears
Closing announcement comes just a month ahead of Jackson’s plans to move more than 300 city employees into mall
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson is prepared to offer Sears incentives such as tax abatements to keep the full-service store as the remaining anchor for the 34-year-old Metrocenter Mall.
“Those are things we’re open to,” said Harvey’s spokesman, Chris Mims, of the incentives the city is willing to offer to help the store open despite its placement on a post-Christmas list of about 120 Sears and Kmart stores designated for closing.
Noting its 80 or so workers make the store the third largest employer in Ward 5, Mims said the mayor’s office is preparing attractive incentives “to sway them in any way we can to keep the store open.”
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