D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Started in 1898, Macy's Department store now has 850 locations in the US, but not one is located in South Mississippi. But a group of shoppers is trying to change that. Tuesday, they showed up in the audience at D'Iberville's City Council meeting to ask council members to push for a Macy's at the new Galleria.
The supporters pointed out that the closest Macy's to South Mississippi is in New Orleans and that means a lot of tax dollars are going across state lines. Cheryl Johnson supports the effort for several reasons.
"I think it will validate our area as a premier destination for shopping, tourism," Johnson said. " I think it will also spur job growth."
Johnson works in finance and feels the Mississippi Gulf Coast is rebounding much better than other areas since the national recession.
"I think there are certainly some positives to things that are happening. I know, as a banker, we are very excited about the growth that's occurring."
The million square foot, highly anticipated Galleria has the same developers who created the successful Promenade Shopping Center in D'Iberville.
After persuading Target officials to come to South Mississippi, Mayor Rusty Quave said they quickly showed the large chain would be well supported here. He said on opening day, the D'Iberville Target had higher profits than 17 other new Targets that opened that same day in other larger U.S. cities. He urged the crowd to reach out to Macy's officials.
"Y'all have got email addresses to CBL and Macy's. Send it out to them," Mayor Quave said.
Mayor Quave said emails and phone calls will help. And there's a "Bring Macy's to Biloxi-Gulfport" Facebook page to gather attention: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Macys-to-Biloxi-Gulfport/453751518076462