PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The city of Pascagoula is doing something unique in attempts to help small retail businesses. It's creating a retail square using small Mississippi cottages. The one and two room buildings will be ideal for a small business trying to get established.
The best thing for these small businesses is the rent on the buildings will be quite affordable, about 230 to 290 dollars a month. That should help with cash flow as the businesses attempt to get started.
Community Development Director Harry Schmidt says Pascagoula suffers from a lack of retail. The city is hoping for all types of retail businesses, everything from a pottery store to an ice cream shop, to move into these spaces.
We applaud the city of Pascagoula for coming up with a unique way to attract small mom and pop businesses. We hope the idea will spread across the coast. It is tough and risky to put your savings into a new venture. But, with help from business friendly cities like Pascagoula, we hope potential new business owners decide the risk is worth taking.
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