GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier leaders will get an update on the redevelopment of Singing River Mall at Tuesday's city council meeting. Mayor Gordon Gollott invited representatives from retail developer Morrison USA to give a progress report on plans to build a new shopping center on the Highway 90 property. Gollott said he expects Morrison USA to reaffirm its commitment to Gautier not a grand unveiling of plans.
"They have $9.5 million invested in the site. They're not going away," Gollott said.
When Morrison USA purchased the Singing River Mall property there were three anchor stores: J.C. Penney's, Sears and Belk. Only Belk remains.
The project has had its ups and downs. In 2013 Morrison announced it had reached a deal to bring a Walmart Super Center to the shopping complex. By October 2015, it was clear the Walmart plans had disappeared and no firm commitments from big name retailers have been announced.
Though Gautier leaders had hoped to be holding ribbon cuttings by now, Mayor Gollott said he's optimistic Morrison USA will create a retail gem in Gautier.
"I want to see the mall built and I know Morrison is building with some big retailers. I don't expect them to announce who might come in, but we are confident they'll come to reaffirm their commitment to the project," Gollott said.
The Gautier City Council meeting begins tonight at 6:30 p.m.