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State’s only Whole Foods Market is ‘changing the way people shop’

By BECKY GILLETTE The only Whole Foods Market in Mississippi, located in Highland Village in the heart of Jackson, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. Billed as “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” Whole Foods has become an even better shopping destination since being acquired by Amazon, said Masa Liles, general manager of Highland Village. “When you see what Amazon is doing, they ...

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Tupelo/Lee County ranked top 5 micropolitan again

TUPELO • For the 10th time since 2005, the Tupelo region has been recognized for its economic and business activity by a leading publication. The area was named by Site Selection magazine’s list of most active micropolitan areas for new and expanding industries in 2018. Tupelo ranked fifth in the nation among the 575-micropolitan areas designated by the U.S. Census ...

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New Corolla rollout to be celebrated March 18

BLUE SPRINGS – The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla will officially roll of the assembly line at Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs on March 18. “The Corolla has been a good-selling car for us, and I think the new model will be even better,” said Jim Nichols, fleet manager and factory relations liaison at Carlock Toyota in Tupelo. Toyota Motor Co. has ...

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ARC invested $125.6M in economic development projects, including $15.5M in Mississippi

New data shows that the Appalachian Regional Commission invested $125.6 million in 522 economic development projects during Fiscal Year 2018. These region-wide investments will be matched by $188.7 million, and will attract an additional $1.5 billion in leveraged private investment into Appalachia. In addition, these investments are projected to create or retain 26,600 jobs, as well as train or educate ...

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End of an era: Toyota Mississippi prepares for next-generation Corolla

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS • At about midnight Friday, a Barcelona Red Corolla came off the final inspection line, destined for some Toyota dealership somewhere. It will be the last one of nearly 1.2 million Corollas that have been built at Toyota Mississippi, which began producing the 11th-generation compact car in October 2011. “For me, it’s ...

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MDA voids deal with shipbuilder at Gulfport port

By Jack Weatherly A Louisiana-based shipbuilder failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline on investments and hiring at the Port of Gulfport and thus Mississippi officials voided an incentive deal. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) turned down a proposal by Edison Chouest Offshore’s Topship subsidiary to cut in half its commitment of an investment of $68 million and creation of ...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast city considers $45M harbor expansion

A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is considering a $45 million expansion of its small craft harbor, aiming to better shelter it from storms. WLOX-TV reports Long Beach would like to expand its harbor 500 feet southward into the Mississippi Sound to provide better protection. Mayor George Bass says the number of boat slips wouldn’t increase, but some individual slips might ...

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Oxford, Lafayette County live up to lofty status

By MIKE LEE / Business Trend OXFORD – Business and industrial growth is booming across the Mid-South. At the forefront of that trend in Mississippi is the city of Oxford, county seat of Lafayette County, located in the center of the northern one-fifth of the state. The community offers advantages unmatched and for various reasons. For families, Oxford provides one ...

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No Trump brand, but prime Cleveland hotel will open in fall

By JACK WEATHERLY In case you missed it, Trump Hotels announced last Thursday that it was parting ways with a Mississippi hotel chain with which it had planned to open a prime lodging complex in Cleveland. Chawla Hotels Inc., headed by brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla, were working toward adding what they were calling the Lyric to their chain of ...

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