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Excitement building over new construction in Ocean Springs

City building officials say this development is one of the most significant in the city in the past decade. (Photo source: W LOX) City building officials say this development is one of the most significant in the city in the past decade. (Photo source: W LOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

After years of the area sitting dormant, a major development is under construction along Hwy. 90 on the eastern edge of Ocean Springs.  A $1.6 million Tractor Supply Company store is on the way. 

The sound of ironwork hasn't been heard in this part of town in quite some time. For Alderman Mike Impey, who represents the area, these are good days.

“When I made the announcement on my ward page, this generated more excitement that anything I've seen in quite a while. This is a common chain that spreads across the United States, over 1,600 locations,” Impey explained. 

The store will be here for the long haul, according to Impey.  

“This is a company with a track record. It started out in 1938 as a mail order supply company. They've got a business model. You don't see a Tractor Supply Company open and then close.” 

Why choose Ocean Springs? Impey has the answer.

“They thought the Tractor Supply Company would be a great fit for the Ocean Springs area that would draw folks from Vancleave and Gautier,” Impey said. 

This building is sparking new interest in the eastern part of the city. That’s the word from deputy building official Terry Franklin.

“We have been contacted by developments across the street. It's moving in that direction. It's going to be a big deal,” Franklin said. 

Franklin added it is not just for businesses either.

“On Gibson Rd., there's Madison Place, there’s Southbreeze, and there are other areas that are being looked at currently to keep adding housing out there,” said Franklin.

In addition to being a development catalyst for this section of Ocean Springs, this Tractor Supply Company could also add significantly to the city's bottom line, according to Impey.

“Between payroll, sales tax, ad valorem tax, we're looking at a substantial impact,” Impey said. 

That's exactly what this part of the city needs. 

The 19,000-square-foot store is set to open in August. When it does, it will offer a wide range of products, including farm equipment and supplies, hardware and fencing, pet supplies, and even clothing.

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