Officials: Sam's may leave Jackson for Madison - - Jackson, MS

Officials: Sam's may leave Jackson for Madison

The Sam's Club in north Jackson could be packing up and moving out, to a new location in Madison.

"If there's something going on, we need to know about it. It would frustrate me to think there is something going on that we don't know about," said Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell.

The City of Madison's economic development director confirms that talks about the potential move have taken place. But back in Jackson, officials are only hearing about it through the rumor mill.

"The mayor's office has reached out to them and not been provided any information other than we're here and we haven't left," explained Whitwell.

The lack of information about potential plans is frustrating for leaders like Quentin Whitwell. He says Sam's parent company Wal-Mart had even discussed expanding some locations in Jackson. But this could affect the way he and other leaders respond to those plans.

"If they just operate by the seat of their pants or fly by night and don't talk to the leaders, and have initially at least what may be a difficult conversation, we're not going to be as receptive to seeing their secondary plans," he said.

The area near County Line Road is one that Whitwell has asked the city to re-vamp with an overlay district, making it more attractive to businesses and shoppers.

"That has been met by deaf ears by fellow council members and the mayor's office. So, I hope this will show them that I saw something coming and it is time to respond," explained Whitwell, whose ward includes the area.

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler referred all questions to Wal-Mart.
Their representatives said they have no announcement to make at this time.


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - 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 move have taken place.

Jackson business leaders say they are concerned about Sam's Club leaving its existing location on County Line Road.

Representatives with the Jackson Chamber of Commerce met with Sam's Club officials near the end of the year but said they haven't heard whether a move is imminent.

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