Economic growth continues in Meridian

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 8:45 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -Even with the world basically at a standstill, economic growth continues in Meridian.

“It might have slowed down a little bit, but we haven’t stopped. It seems to be picking back up as things are reopening,” Community Development Director Laura Carmichael says.

At least 15 new developments are currently in the works. Kickin’ Crab just opened on S. Frontage Rd. and Jacks on Highway 39 should open by the end of next month.

“Their biscuits are amazing. Their chicken is amazing. Really, just about everything is amazing there,” shopper Kristen Alanesi says.

“The sign is up. It’s really good to see that area grow. I know the nursing home right behind Harry Mayer is expanding. There’s another lot that’s available. I think you’re going to see a lot of growth on 39,” Carmichael says.

Shoppers like Alanesi are excited about new developments in the Crossroads Shopping Center like the new store Five Below, which is right next to Ulta Beauty.

“Their products are awesome. You can find just about anything in that store and it’s less than $5. Nothing is over $5 and all their products are great,” Alanesi says.

“I’ve visited the Five Below’s in other communities and you have a lot of variety there. It’s good to see that they’re investing in Meridian, as well,” Carmichael says.

Another part of Meridian beginning to take shape as 22nd Ave. The old Village Fair Mall is now completely reduced to rubble.

“That mall has kind of been an eyesore for a while and when you ride by now and see everything coming down, it’s really exciting. With that, you are going to see that landscape change as our entrance to the city and I know Mayor Bland has a lot of great plans for what’s going to happen,” Carmichael says.

And of course, don’t forget about the Threefoot Brewery, the new HYPE Indoor Adventures at Bonita Lakes Mall and of course the Threefoot Marriott, which should be open by the end of this year.

“We just want to remind everybody about investing in the community and supporting our local vendors and businesses,” Carmichael says.

There are still plots of land available for lease or purchase near these new developments.

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