Small business owners have on occasion blamed large discount stores for running them out of business, but that doesn't seem to be the case with the stores surrounding the Wal-Mart Super Center in D'Iberville. Since the retail giant located just off of Interstate10, many other businesses have sprouted up around Sangani Boulevard hoping to feed off its customers Sandra Story is exactly the type of customer some small D'Iberville businesses want.
Story said "I was on my way to Wal-Mart in D'Iberville and I wanted to stop through and take a look. I had some extra time on my hands today and I decided I'd come on in."
Some owners are hoping to attract the customers who may not necessarily have had them in mind as when they decided to go shopping.
""Families shop at Wal-Mart," said store owner Jody Sturgeon "They see us here and they come and shop with us also."
Employees at a new women's clothing store were busy Wednesday preparing for a grand opening. Mangers say once they decided to open a store on the Coast ,they moved in quickly into get what they considered to be the good spot.
"This location measured up well," said Laurie Tudor, district manager. "We have quick access to the interstate. We are slightly rural so we're going to get that rural customer that doesn't like to shop at the mall. Plus we're close to Wal-Mart gives us the traffic that we need."
Some of the customers say they will be the ones who benefit from all the new shopping options.
Norma Kozlowski of Biloxi said "Wal-Mart will always keep its customers but a shop like this. People always like to go to more than one place to get their clothing."
With all the new construction going on an area that used to be mostly woods seems to be on it way to becoming shoppers' dream.