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City looks to honor former Catfish Alley business owners

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Robert Smith says the city hopes to place a monument to honor the black men and women who operated businesses on Fourth Street South between Main Street and College Street, commonly known as Catfish Alley. Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch plans are for a mid-April dedication. The city is spending $25,000 for benches, trash cans, flower ...

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Mall could qualify for tax incentive funds via 'cultural retailing'

PEARL — The state Senate has passed a bill to add “cultural retail” attractions to the definition of a tourism project so an outlet mall being built in Pearl will qualify for about $22 million in sales tax incentive funds. State Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, tells The Clarion-Ledger the state will get a lot more than $22 million from the ...

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Capital City losing Sam's Club to Madison

JACKSON — Sam’s Club in Jackson will close in late 2014, according to Wal-Mart company officials. The Clarion-Ledger reports the move will leave the capital city without a wholesale retailer of any kind. Wal-Mart spokesman Daniel Morales says the store will move to Madison once a new store can be built. Wal-Mart operates a Sam’s Club in nearby Pearl. Jackson ...

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NRF forecasts retail growth this year to lag 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Retail Federation released its 2013 economic forecast today, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 3.4 percent, slightly less than the preliminary 4.2 percent growth seen in 2012. The subdued forecast comes on the heels of a holiday season that went head-to-head with Washington’s political wrangling over fiscal concerns, ...

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Demolition begins of historic downtown building

PASACGOULA — Crews are tearing down the Brumfield’s Building, a fixture in downtown Pascagoula since the 1920s. Hurricane Isaac damaged its roof, which caused damage to walls. The family corporation that owns it determined the cost would be too high to save the building, which was a bank before it became a premier men’s clothing store under the ownership of ...

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City extends term of tax increment financing plan for mall

SOUTHAVEN — Officials have extended the time frame of the $15-million tax increment financing plan for the proposed outlet mall in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Greg Davis made clear the amount of funding was not changing, just the time period for the plan was being extended from 15 years to 20 years. Tax increment financing is a plan ...

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Citing building's structural problems, Sam's Club might relocate

JACKSON and MADISON — Officials say the Sam’s Club in north Jackson is considering a move to Madison because of structural problems with its existing building. Officials with Sam’s Club, parent company Wal-Mart, and the mayor of Madison haven’t said much about the possible move. Jerry Cook, Madison’s economic development director, told The Clarion-Ledger last week that talks about the ...

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Boat dealer makes magazine's top 100 ranking

BAY ST. LOUIS — Breath’s Boats & Motors has made Boating Industry magazine’s eighth-annual Top 100 Dealers program, which recognizes the best-of-the-best from the thousands of marine dealers in North America. “Our editorial staff was extremely impressed with the dealership’s knowledge of its local market,” said Jonathan Sweet, Boating Industry magazine’s editor-in-chief. “For example, Breath’s added five brands in 2011 ...

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Judge denies request of city, Kroger in Kmart flood case

CORINTH — A federal judge has denied requests from the city of Corinth and the Kroger Company to be dismissed as defendants in a lawsuit over 2010 flooding at the Kmart in Corinth. Kmart Corporation is seeking compensation for flood damage at the Fulton Crossing location, the store’s closure for about 10 months, and flood prevention efforts in April 2011, ...

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Rent-to-own company chooses Ideal solution

MERIDIAN — Buddy’s Home Furnishings, an independent rent-to-own dealer based in Tampa, Fla., has chosen the VersiRent business information system from Ideal Software Systems for its 128 store locations and home office. Salvatore Moccia, chief information officer at Buddy’s, said that the company conducted extensive research within and outside the industry, comparing more than 200 feature points from several business ...

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