JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Work has already begun on the Jackson Square Shopping Center.
The shopping center is 32,000 square feet and it's not completely vacant, but almost. In the coming months it will have new life. The Jackson Square Shopping Center on Terry Road has been sitting stagnant with very little life for longer than a decade, but it's not crumbling.
That's one thing that attracted Jessie Wright an out of state developer.
"They were gonna demo it, but the structure is sold. We talked to the city, the highest and best use is exactly what we have. There was no reason to demo it," Wright explained.
Wright held a town hall meeting Saturday morning inside one of the larger retail spaces in the center. He was joined by Jackson Police officials and business leaders who plan to offer what they can during and after the renovation process.
"There has to be a strong effort for the purchaser, consumer to feel like if I stop here I won't be robbed on the way back out to my car," said Jackson businessman Bill Mokry.
Talks have already begun with some national grocery store chains. Early plans also call for a restaurant and clothing store. Wright wants consumers to be able to purchase from every store online.
"This center, in the next year or two, I say we should be at 100% occupancy. Consumers should be able to shop from most of the stores online as well," Wright added.
While construction is going on there's always the worry about theft of construction equipment and supplies. Jackson police say while construction is going on they will fully enforce their trespassing laws.
That means that if you're caught trespassing on this property, you will be arrested.
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