D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A coast contractor is about to create a swan out of a long time ugly duckling. For years, the old Kroger building at the end of Lemoyne Boulevard in D'Iberville has been a painful eyesore. But the new owner says he looks at the dilapidated property and imagines what it could be.
Since John Boothby started to beautify one of D'Iberville's most prominent eyesores, he's received nothing but support from the community.
"We're getting actually calls from people just thanking us that we're coming in here. We're going to start taking the broken glass and replacing," said Boothby. "We're going to start making this thing look pretty, as opposed to a shut down vacant building.
Workers have already started sprucing up the 50,000 square foot building. Boothby's business is taking what's there and improving on it.
Boothby said, "I've been doing that now being owner of Apple Construction for 20 years. That's all we do is remodel and retrofit. We don't do very much ground up construction at all. I understand remodeling. It's what I do. It's what I enjoy and I think we're very good at it."
"I think we can keep what's here and work with it opposed to have to always knock down and have things that don't fit with the original design," he said. "This property is going to be fantastic. We have some good things to come here."
Boothby said the old Kroger renovation project is even more exciting since it's in the heart of a downtown in the middle of a revitalization.
"I think it's going to be fantastic around here. When somebody starts something like this, of this size, it leads to other people around it coming in and trying to jump on the bandwagon so to speak," Boothby said.
Boothby said he's already fielding calls from people with an interest in leasing or buying the building. He said most of them are looking to use the entire 50 thousand square feet, so he won't be breaking the property into sections.