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Bay St. Louis gets grocery store after 7 years

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After seven years without a full service grocery store in Bay St. Louis, customers said they're glad to welcome Froogle's to town. After seven years without a full service grocery store in Bay St. Louis, customers said they're glad to welcome Froogle's to town.
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

South Mississippians know every step in recovery is significant. Thursday, Bay St. Louis took a step that's been more than seven years in the making. The city once again has a full service grocery store.

Customers gave their first impressions of the new Froogle's store.

"I'm just happy," said customer Margie King. "I wanted to see what it was going to be like."

Fred Jackson, Jr. said, "I just wanted to check it because it's right down the road from where I'm at."

After seven years without a full service grocery store in Bay St. Louis, customers said they're glad to welcome Froogle's to town.

Sheryl Cleland said, "This is like a good thing. We all needed it bad."

While spending some time browsing the aisles, people were ready to share their thoughts.

"Very clean. It's open. Spacious," said Bridget Engolia. "Looking at the meats, basically, good prices. Good clean cuts. I like meat with not a lot of fat on it.

Shelby Young is a newcomer to Bay St. Louis. She said, "This has got a good selection. Things that I haven't seen before. Some of the stuff in the fresh vegetables, I don't even know what it is."

Froogle's managers said most of the 60 employees are from the local area.

"For the amount of people that applied to work here means that a lot of people needed jobs here," said Manager Darrin Scarborough. "I think that helped out because a lot of people were employed because of us coming here."

Officials said they brought Froogle's to the Bay to help the local economy and help the local people save money of food.

Store Manager Roy Gilmore, "On a cost plus system we sell all the groceries to you at cost. There is a ten percent added at the bottom to cover everything else. "

Another bottom line advantage for customers is they don't have to drive as far to stock up, and they're spending more money in their hometown.

Froogle's isn't the only business to open a second location Bay St. Louis this week. Brooklyn Pizzeria, which has been in business in Gulfport for 20 years, also opened this week. The shopping center will soon be renamed Holiday Mall. The owners said since they took over nine months ago the number of tenants has grown from three to eight. They said they are working to bring more businesses into the 100,000 square foot site including a pharmacy and more retail.

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