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New Shops And Restaurants Add Spice To D'Iberville Shopping Center

One-Eyed Willy's restaurant opened its doors over the weekend, and business is sizzling.

"Crazy. Hectic", said co-owner David Alexander. "It's been a good weekend. We've done well".

Alexander believes he and his partner made the right decision to open the pirate-themed restaurant at the Lakeview Village Shopping Complex in D'Iberville.

"This location offers a lot of diversity", said Alexander. "I think it's an up and coming area. It's one of the hottest points on the Coast".

A few doors down, Scott Sutherland is just a week away from opening his new fine wines and liquor store called "Drinx".

"I'm anxious. Anxious right now. Ready to get in. I've been waiting to do it", said Sutherland.

Sutherland promises a one-of-a-kind experience for customers, including a huge walk-in wine cellar, an 1800 boat loaded with rum and tequila selections, even a kiosk that helps you find the perfect recipe for your choice of spirits.

"Not only can you print that entree out", said Sutherland. "It also gives you the instructions on how to prepare it".

By the end of the year, all nine shops and restaurants in phase 3 of the project will be open at the busy I-10, I-110 interchange.

"It's very difficult to keep up with the demands of the market in this area", said Carrie Serpas of Premier Properties. "It's centrally located from Harrison and Jackson Counties and very easy to get in. It's a different atmosphere here than other centers on the Gulf Coast. You have everything here at your fingertips. You have major retailers like Lowe's and Walmart, and all the locally owned businesses".

Work is already underway on Phase 4 and Phase 5, that will add more than 50,000 square feet of space. And coming soon, a Chinese Restaurant, a Walgreens, two hotels, and more retail shops. With future expansions, business owners predict even more growth and prosperity ahead.

"Without a doubt, I think we'll do very well", Alexander said. "We're very excited about the future".

Other businesses that are open in Phase 3 include Cici's Pizza, Kirkland's, and Cingular. The ones that will open by December are Merle Norman, Coffee Fusion, Toro Sushi Bar, and Bank Plus.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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