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Delta downtown officials form new organization

GREENWOOD — The Delta Downtown Alliance (DDA), an alliance of downtown representatives from throughout the Mississippi Delta, has been founded. The DDA’s mission is to strengthen the promotion and publicity of events and projects in historic downtowns throughout the Mississippi Delta in order to unite the region through information sharing and coordinated communication. There are no membership […] [...]

February retail sales up despite frigid weather

WASHINGTON — American consumers powered through the winter weather, lifting retail sales in February. According to the National Retail Federation, retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 0.2 percent adjusted month-to-month and 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said, “Retailers and consumers endured the harsh winter and they’re […] [...]

NRF: Winter weather puts freeze on retail sales

WASHINGTON — Consumers leveled off post-holiday shopping and spending in the beginning of the year due in part to severe winter weather in much of the country, according to the National Retail Federation. January retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, were flat seasonally adjusted month-to-month yet increased 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. “Following a […] [...]

NRF optimistic about retail sales in 2014

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its 2014 economic forecast, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 4.1 percent, up from the preliminary 3.7 percent growth seen in 2013. NRF also expects online sales in 2014 to grow between 9 and 12 percent. “Measured improvements in economic […] [...]

Whole Foods sets grand opening; to offer pre-opening tours

JACKSON — Whole Foods Market will open its doors Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. at Highland Village in Jackson, according to release from the company. The 34,000-square-foot store will feature an organic salad bar, in-store smoked barbecue, fresh-made gelato, natural body care and nutritional supplements, beer growler filling station and the Yazoo Bend Coffee […] [...]

J.C. Penney to close store on Coast in March

GAUTIER — The J.C. Penney Co. will be leaving Gautier. It and the Belk Inc. department stores are about the only stores still open in the 563,000-square-foot mall, the rest of which is to be torn down for a $90 million makeover. Demolition should begin in the next two weeks, Mayor Gordon Gollott told The […] [...]

Organizers gearing up for first-ever furniture show

TUNICA — The inaugural Tunica Furniture Market in January will be held in January and its organizer says about 40 companies are expected to participate. “Despite a lot of doubts and people calling me crazy, the Tunica Furniture Market is happening,” organizer Scott Morton told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Morton proposed earlier this year […] [...]

Another financial plan for proposed mall earns approval

SOUTHAVEN — A new financing plan has surfaced to pay for roads, water and sewer for a proposed outlet mall to be built in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports Southaven Board of Aldermen and the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors agreed last year to a $15-million tax increment financing plan to offset the costs of […] [...]

Mall sale draws prospective buyers; owners asking $6.5M

JACKSON — A dozen potential buyers have expressed interest in Jackson’s Metrocenter mall since it hit the market Sept. 24. That’s according to the building’s broker. Listing price is $6.5 million. David Sewell, Metrocenter manager, tells The Clarion-Ledger day-to-day business at the 500,000-square-foot mall, which is Mississippi’s largest and once was the state’s premier shopping […] [...]

Main Street group kicks off new fundraising campaign

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Main Street organization is campaigning to raise money for economic development activities in the downtown area. The Commercial Dispatch reports the campaign — called Main Street in Motion — will take place through September. Money raised will go toward the planning of growth, diversification and preservation of the downtown historic district. […] [...]

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