Lucedale Prepares for New Wal-Mart Supercenter

"We're gonna have more disposable income as a result of these new jobs and new employment opportunities for spouses and young people that will just put more money into the local economy," said economic development director Sue Wright. Wright says she's confident that the new Wal-Mart Supercenter will lure other businesses to the area. It's something the county is looking forward to.

"We're getting a lot of inquiries at the Chamber of Commerce -- businesses, developers interested in looking at the area," said Wright.

The new 150,000-square-foot center will have a grocery department, pharmacy, and much more. County leaders say a store with that much variety will affect existing small businesses.

"Many of our small businesses are concerned that it's going to draw business away from them, but on the other side, the competition enhances business," said Wright. That competition is expected to be in full swing next month, when the Supercenter opens.