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

by Ted Carter

Published: January 8,2012

Tags: Sears incentives, tax abatements

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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One Response to “Incentives part of bid to keep Sears”

  1. southernyankee Says:

    Why try keep something thats not working as far as metro keepping business thats not doing well in the area. Welcome to Jackson, Ms. the city thats going no where, with many hungery hands open to benfit themself for whatever happens, some people don’t feel safe there, it would be nice to see sears somewhere else then Jackson, Ms. Its not fair for the incent to travel to sears there and wonder if a crime might happen around the metro. City of Jackson dosen’t seem to care about the customers that shop there, people are going to sears somewhere else and feel more comfortable shopping at sears in that area, its not sears thats problem its Jackson, Ms. that can’t make thinks work, lets move the city council and maybe Jackson can move on to better things that they can’t figure out it could happen. Wakeup Jackson, Ms. its time to make a change.

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