Thousands Pass Through Belk's Open Doors - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

03/12/03

Thousands Pass Through Belk's Open Doors

Wednesday was a big day at the Crossroads shopping Center in Gulfport. With umbrellas and credit cards in hand, more than one hundred shoppers waited in the rain to be the first inside.

Within the hour, an estimated 500 people poured through the doors of the new Belk department store. By 5 p.m. company officials say 4,000 to 5,000 people had visited. .

Bill Tracy didn't mind coming along as Mrs. Tracy's official clothes carrier.

"I was up early this morning encouraging her to get ready and go," said Tracy.

Some customers compared the shopping experience to a party where they were the special guests.

"The sales people are so gracious and kind and friendly, and I think I'm going to spend some money today," said Wattine Hannah.

Some customers who don't spend much money or time at Crossroads say that's about to change now that Belk has moved into the neighborhood.

Frances Williamson usually shops elsewhere, but she's giving Crossroads a second look.

"You can come here and get the same quality things that you can get at Edgewater, so why would you drive 30 minutes when you can only drive 15 minutes."

Customers say Belk is a good fit for the shopping center. The manager of the new store agrees.

"As good as Crossroads is as good as we are so we want to make sure the center is as good as possible," Store manager Christopher Campbell said.

"Now with Belk here, you can come and enjoy and shop for all your variety of clothes, but you can do other options here," said customer Mark Scott. "You can go and have your eyes checked, You can got to Barnes and Nobles and get books. There are places to eat over here with Cracker Barrel and such, so I think people will stop here and spend more time here in the shopping center than they have in the past."

Company officials say there are 215 Belk stores, mostly in the southeast. Gulfport and Corinth are the only stores in Mississippi.

by Danielle Thomas

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Update: Teen charged in crash involving Gulfport police officer

    Update: Teen charged in crash involving Gulfport police officer

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:11 AM EST2018-01-23 05:11:10 GMT
    Eli Daniel Bosworth, 18, is charged with motor vehicle theft and felony fleeing and eluding.  (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)Eli Daniel Bosworth, 18, is charged with motor vehicle theft and felony fleeing and eluding. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)

    A Gulfport police officer is on the way to the hospital with serious injuries Monday night after an accident at Three Rivers Road and Creosote Road.

    More >>

    A Gulfport police officer is on the way to the hospital with serious injuries Monday night after an accident at Three Rivers Road and Creosote Road.

    More >>
  • Possible change to Waveland vehicle take home policy could impact police officers

    Possible change to Waveland vehicle take home policy could impact police officers

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:02 AM EST2018-01-23 05:02:07 GMT
    The city is planning on making changes to its take home policy. (Photo source: WLOX News)The city is planning on making changes to its take home policy. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    Full-time Waveland city workers, primarily police officers, who take-home vehicles outside of the city limits could see a change to the city's policy soon. City leaders said the current policy is antiquated and needs to be rewritten into something that would benefit both the officers and the taxpayers.

    More >>

    Full-time Waveland city workers, primarily police officers, who take-home vehicles outside of the city limits could see a change to the city's policy soon. City leaders said the current policy is antiquated and needs to be rewritten into something that would benefit both the officers and the taxpayers.

    More >>
  • Friends hope no foul play in death investigation

    Friends hope no foul play in death investigation

    Monday, January 22 2018 11:19 PM EST2018-01-23 04:19:34 GMT
    A friend described Erin as a religious woman, a good mother, and outgoing.(Photo source: Facebook)A friend described Erin as a religious woman, a good mother, and outgoing.(Photo source: Facebook)

    Erin Hamilton's body was run over by a car, but the driver told police she was already lying in the street. Police say the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious.

    More >>

    Erin Hamilton's body was run over by a car, but the driver told police she was already lying in the street. Police say the circumstances surrounding her death are suspicious.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly