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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 ...

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Costco — a long time coming and not there yet


By JACK WEATHERLY It is no secret that Costco has had trouble trying to move into the metro Jackson market. Which is not to say that it hasn’t been recruited – openly in one case, and not so openly in another. Last year, its efforts to build a store on Lakeland Boulevard in Jackson were rebuffed by the city Planning ...

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Maris West and Baker turns 45

Maris West and Baker

Maris West and Baker employees celebrate the firm’s 45th anniversary at La Finestra Restaurant in July. Gerrit Maris, Norman West, Roy Baker and Harry Brown founded the Maris West and Baker advertising firm in 1970.

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JOSH MABUS — Mississippi’s golden opportunity: Beer


Lately I’ve found myself looking to a new group of Mississippians for creative inspiration — a group that so seamlessly mixes food, engineering and art. They’re entrepreneurs and innovators. Of course I’m talking about Mississippi’s growing population of beer brewers. For the longest time, when I thought about breweries, I thought about the sterile big-brand breweries in Milwaukee and St. ...

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TODD SMITH — PR is best for monitoring, managing online customer reviews


Online customer reviews can make or break a brand – even a relatively large brand. Consumers trust online customer reviews more than any other source of brand information except for recommendations from people they know, according to Nielsen’s Global Trust in Advertising report. Seventy percent of consumers trust online reviews, an increase of 15 percent over four years. People trust ...

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Bon Appétit puts Saltine on its Best New Restaurants list

Chef Jesse Houston at Saltine in Jackson.

By JACK WEATHERLY Bon Appétit  has named Saltine at 622 Duling in Jackson as one of the Best New Restaurants in 2015. Compiled by the magazine’s editor, Andrew Knowlton, the annual award honors innovative cooking at the top 50 new restaurants in America. The seafood restaurant and oyster bar, which opened a year ago, will find out Aug. 18 if ...

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Downtown Jackson Westin plans Aug. 4 construction start

The $60 million Westin at 315 Tombigbee St. is billing itself as luxury entry in the Jackson Central Business District hotel market.

By TED CARTER The newest entry to downtown’s Jackson’s hotel market, a 204-room Westin, will break ground at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4, developer Joseph Simpson says. The $60 million hotel is planned for 315 Tombigbee St. at the site of the vacant Mississippi Valley Title building. Project funding includes $10 million in urban renewal bonds issued by the Jackson ...

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Virginia company proposes 8-floor Jackson Convention Center hotel, parking garage


By TED CARTER A Herndon, Va., company that specializes in public-private development partnerships is proposing an $83.6 million, 302-room Jackson convention center hotel with a 1,000-space garage. Red Leaf Development says it can do the project without direct contributions from the City or Jackson Redevelopment Agency, though $41.8 million in borrowing will be necessary, either through a conventional loan backed by ...

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Construction to start on 100-room boutique hotel in Fondren


JACKSON — Construction is scheduled to start this year on a 100-room boutique hotel in Jackson’s historic and popular Fondren neighborhood. Developer Roy Decker of Eldon Development Group tells The Clarion-Ledger that the hotel should open in mid-2017. Decker says it will have meeting and conference space, lobby and rooftop bars, an amphitheater and festival space. “It’s a great project,” Decker ...

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