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Highland Village - Business Matters

The Whole Foods Market has been open for six months now, and the opening of the grocery store was just the beginning of high-profile changes going on at Highland Village. The additions are part of a greater vision that Massachusetts-based WS Development has for the 42-year-old shopping haven, which they purchased last fall.

Beth Hooper, the director of leasing for Highland Village says it's the prime-time to make the renovations and upgrades.

"We saw what the market already knows," Hooper said. "It's a best-in-class shopping destination for Jackson."

That fact has been long understood for local retailers, such as Albritton's Jewelry, who has been at Highland Village since 1972.

Now, two new national retailers, Lululemon Athletica and Kate Spade New York will soon be calling the Village home.

"It says a lot about Jackson and the economy, and they see as we did, that the shopper is here, they are enthusiastic, they're engaged," Hooper said.

Hooper said while they are excited about the major brands, they are working hard to maintain Highland Village's local charm. 

"We have a color palette that's going to change," Hooper detailed. "We'll be using creams, light grays, wood elements."

Currently, the new digs for Turkoyz gives shoppers an idea of the fresh, updated look developers are going for. Meanwhile, a complete re-modeling of Maisson Weiss, which has been at the Village since 1975, is in progress.

And, with Lululemon and Kate Spade on the way Hooper said there is more to come.

"There will be some more exciting announcements coming up in the next few months and you'll see that transition happening throughout project," Hooper said. "Before the holidays you'll start seeing everything coming to fruition."

Highland Village officials and developers are aiming to have this next phase of updates completed in the fall. Lululemon is scheduled to open this winter.

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