BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The sounds of construction greet customers as they walk into the doors of the Edgewater Mall. Construction crews are hard at work bringing to life two new entertainment venues.
On one side is an eight-auditorium Premiere Cinemas theater, in the spot of a now-demolished Sears. It will feature a bar and reclining seats.
On the other will soon be a 26,000-square foot Skyzone trampoline park. That'll go up between JCPenny and the food court and extend into the parking lot.
Excitement is building.
"We've had great response so far, it's exciting to have something like this back in Biloxi," said Terry Powell, manager for Edgewater Mall. "We haven't had a theater since Katrina in Biloxi, so I think it's a great opportunity for us and the community."
So far, things are on track for the theater to open its doors in November. Skyzone is scheduled to open soon after in February.
The cost of the two projects is estimated to be about $20 million. That will also include improvements to the mall's entrances and parking lot.
It's not only a big project for the mall, but one that Powell says could bring a big boost to Biloxi.
"When you look at this, it gives us an opportunity. It brings more traffic to the mall. And traffic at the mall gives retailers an opportunity, and the more money we bring in the more tax money the city gets."
And as the walls go up on these new businesses, others are wanting to get in on the action. Powell said plans are already in the works to build another business behind the McDonald's near the mall. News of what that will be is being kept a secret for now.
"People see things going on, and other people want to get involved. So, it's all about just building on the energy from the theater," Powell said.
There's no word yet on how many jobs the two new businesses will create.
Management says this is one of the largest construction projects since repairs following Hurricane Katrina.