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Arby's grand opening means hope for regrowth in West Jackson

Friday, Arby's unveiled extensive renovations to its restaurant on Highway 80 in Jackson, in front of Metrocenter. Source: WLBT Friday, Arby's unveiled extensive renovations to its restaurant on Highway 80 in Jackson, in front of Metrocenter. Source: WLBT
Businesses in West Jackson and the area surrounding Metrocenter Mall have been on a steady decline, but now there's signs that could be turning around. Source: WLBT Businesses in West Jackson and the area surrounding Metrocenter Mall have been on a steady decline, but now there's signs that could be turning around. Source: WLBT
There is a new investment to report in an area that's been losing commercial interest in recent years. Source: WLBT There is a new investment to report in an area that's been losing commercial interest in recent years. Source: WLBT
In the shadow of this newly designed restaurant, are boarded up businesses that have been that way for decades. Source: WLBT In the shadow of this newly designed restaurant, are boarded up businesses that have been that way for decades. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There is a new investment to report in an area that's been losing commercial interest in recent years.

Businesses in West Jackson and the area surrounding Metrocenter Mall have been on a steady decline, but now there's signs that could be turning around.

Friday, Arby's unveiled extensive renovations to its restaurant on Highway 80 in Jackson, in front of Metrocenter.

The business was completely remodeled inside and out, giving it a new updated look and a ribbon cutting was held Friday morning.

In the shadow of this newly designed restaurant, are boarded up businesses that have been that way for decades.

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Those in attendance say they believe this business sector can turn around.

They're hoping others see the success Arby's and others have had here and bring their own investment dollars to this area.

"It's extremely refreshing to see the change," said Trevor Rodebaugh, Director of Operations for Arby's Jackson. "I think one of the saddest things we can see when we go into cities -- storied cities with the history like this -- is to see businesses that are closed and vacant businesses. I'm thankful we can be a part of a turning things back around and I do think this is the beginning of a new day."

There's other signs of growth and rebuilding here.

Right next to the Arby's is a Krystal's restaurant that is undergoing a renovation.

Inside Metrocenter Mall, Hinds Community College plans to house a career and technical workforce training center.

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