In July 2010, the promise was planted with the landscape renovations to Jackson Square. Developer Jessie Wright had a vision to build Jackson Square into a thriving shopping center again.
Now, it's happening. About 20 of the 30 retail spaces have been leased. "I do have a nightclub open, blues and jazz bar open, a hair salon is open, and a fitness center is open, a daycare, a couple churches," says property manager Kenneth Johnson
Derron Green will open an auto shop in the shopping center by late December. It will be his first venture into entrepreneurship. He's taking advantage of leasing incentives such as several months free rent, and rent that starts low and steps up. "I see in the future big things for this area. The economy, job placement, opportunity for everyone around here," he says.
His wife, Tonya Green, will open a clothing shop in suite 2200. "A Perfect Fit, for plus size women," she says. "I initially started online, it just blew up online. I figured it's time for me to move out of my house, get a store front."
Tenants and prospective tenants came out to a meeting Saturday in the shopping center. They're solidifying their plans and learning about the City of Jackson's grant program for small businesses. Start-ups in this area can get a grant of up to $10,000. The business owner will have to match some of the money.
"We want to make sure they're aware of the program, go through the application process, submit it, we'll look forward to seeing how we can help them," says Michael Davis, Acting Deputy Director of Jackson's Office of Economic Development.
Parking lot improvements are also still to come to Jackson Square.
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