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Retail Growth in Mount Vernon
Saturday, 12 September 2009

September 12--  Just north of the historic courthouse square in Mount Vernon, C&S Construction of Ty Ty, Georgia is hard at work building two new retail stores.


Joe Filippone of the Montgomery County Development Authority made the announcement Friday.  "We're going to have a complex which will include two stores.  One will be a Mickey's IGA Supermarket and next to it will be a 8,500 square foot hometown hardware store.  We're happy to announce we have a letter of commitment from Handy Andy of Vidalia and we're looking forward to having them join us as a retailer in this establishment," he said.

The 12,000 square foot supermarket is being opened by Gary and Susan Holland who also operate an IGA supermarket in Douglas.  

Filippone says the county is actively seeking retailers in order to increase sales tax revenue.  He estimates the new businesses will generate up to $15,000 a month in sales tax for local governments.  "The more quality businesses we get, the more sales tax revenue we can generate which over the long haul should decrease some of the pressure on landowners from increased property taxes," he notes.

According to Filippone, the project represents an investment of an estimated $2 million dollars for construction, fixtures and inventory and is being financed by banks in Hazlehurst and Camilla.  A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for September 23.

Meanwhile some other projects are coming up in Mount Vernon which have the Development Authority director excited.  "The Mayor has been forward-thinking in that he has grant money available for a phenomenal streetscape plan which is expected to start sometime around the first of the year," he says.

Also on the retail front, Filippone reports a Chinese restaurant should be opening soon in the former location of Doodles Restaurant near Brewton Parker.

He's also confident the long-awaited privately owned and operated jail planned for Mount Vernon will become a reality.  It has a more than $40 million dollar price tag and would create an estimated 150 jobs.  Filippone believes the company is close to getting access to federal detainees which in turn will attract investors to the project.

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