Friday, December 6, 2013

Wal-Mart coming to Byram

City of Byram just issued a press release:

BYRAM, MS---Richard White, Mayor of Byram, is pleased to announce Wal-Mart’s interest in coming to the City of Byram. The proposed project would be an 185,000 SF Walmart Supercenter located at the southwest corner of Siwell and Terry Roads known as Byram Town Center. Walmart will incorporate their new storefront design at this location.

Mayor White’s statement “We have been hoping that a major retail anchor would locate in Byram as it would bring more people and shoppers to our great city. We realize that our citizens do not have a lot of shopping options and are therefore forced to go to neighboring cities—this results in a loss of sales tax revenue to the city of Byram. Assuming Wal-Mart makes its entrance into our city, we feel this will be a great attraction for additional retail businesses and restaurants. In addition, this will create new jobs for citizens of Byram. With the increase in people and shoppers coming to Byram, I believe the local small business owners will benefit from this activity. We would also welcome Walmart as a great community partner as they typically support area schools, civic and charitable organizations.”

Walmart Statement "Walmart continues to focus on seeking better ways to serve our loyal customers. This holds true in growing communities such as Byram, MS where access and convenience to a full assortment of quality merchandise and healthy affordable grocery options are important to our customers. We also take pride in knowing that Walmart can be part of the solution in a community by creating hundreds of new quality jobs, stimulating economic development and by serving as a committed community partner," said Walmart spokesperson Tice White, Director of Public Affairs. "At the current time, we have entered into the site evaluation phase regarding potential growth opportunities in Byram, MS. This key process has just started and we expect it to take several months to complete. Until this process has been concluded we have no additional information to share. However, once this phase is finished we will provide a status update concerning future development plans in the City of Byram," said White.


Anonymous said...

The WalMart in south Jackson will close soon thereafter making everyone in Fondren very, very happy.

Anonymous said...

MAY BE coming. That site is not large enough for a Wal-Mart unless they have some more land not cleared off yet.

Anonymous said...

The mayor needs to be cognizant of ingress/egress to Byram. The only access is via I-55 and Siwell Road. Much of the locals will have to access via county roads, which the BOS has allowed to decline significantly.

Anonymous said...

I live in Byram and spend about $500 a month shopping at the Wal-Mart in Richland... so I agree with Mayor White's comments and feel this is long overdue!

HOWEVER - the proposed site is BAD location!!! It's too small and this intersection is already too congested. In fact, Siwell Road itself is getting overly congested and this will get exponentially worse if the Byram-Clinton Parkway dumps into it as proposed.

Wal-Mart would be a better fit on I-55 just south of Siwell, and would probably get more business that way.

Anonymous said...

Gee 12:17 Sparky. You act as if WalMart just started planting stores last month.

Anonymous said...

Gee 1:28 Smartass. I wasn't aware WalMart planted stores, but that's plausible. I wouldn't be certain they are as concerned about the location more than just showing up. I only go to walmart in a have to situation. I'll pay more to shop with a small, local business where I don't have to walk a mile in the parking lot or wait in line, and get a thank you, please come back.

Anonymous said...

There is a Walmart in South Jackson? Who knew?

Anonymous said...

Wal-Mart sure as hell is concerned about the location. That is why they'll soon be exiting Jackustan. First Sam's, next Wal-Mart. It will also be safer for the local Jackustanis to shop in Byram.

Anonymous said...

4:32, Amen! Of course Walmart's concern about location is the reason they are locating a store in Byram.

Here, watch this video of the Black Friday fight that happened at a Walmart.

I think that video shows one of the biggest reasons why Walmart and places like Byram, or whatever obscure place it is that you are from, are made for each other.

Anonymous said...

Wal Mart as a corporation will drop a box store anywhere. And they'll pull up stakes and move down the road at the drop of a hat. Thank God Canton has one about to open to serve as a pressure valve for the one in Madison.

If you want what Wal Mart brings to your community, then congratulations. It's like sprinkling bread crumbs in the attic. Don't bitch about roaches and mice.

Have you been inside the one on Wheatley (next to Northpark Mall) lately? It's a cross between Little Haiti and Harlem. Welcome to Byram.

Anonymous said...

By cross between Little Haiti and Harlem.... you mean black people? No, there aren't a lot of racists that comment on here. No way! If you think so, then you must be the dirty L word (whisper: Liberal).

Anonymous said...

Yes 8:00 Exactly. And it sucks.

Anonymous said...

12:17 was a dig at the BOS, and 2:01 was a snide at 1:28. 7:12 is correct and 8:PM had too much kool aid tonight.

Remus said...

8:00 and 11:49; protest if you like. Facts are facts. Deflecting with a chant of racism serves only as a fallacy.

The claim remains; If you want what Wal Mart brings to every community, then celebrate your fortune. The only thing that will hasten the community decline would be putting a Popeye's on one side and a Burger King on the other, with a screened-in shack two doors down housing a huge grill on wheels, smokin' ribs. Can a rim shop be far behind?

Anonymous said...

and 12:01 struggles for relevancy.

Anonymous said...

This is the poster from 8:00. Thank you Remus for being such a good illustration of what I was talking about.

Anonymous said...

1:02: And thank YOU for being the perfect illustration (for the rest of us) of a blind man in denial who has nothing to offer other than the tired whining accusation of racism. When a liberal socialist has nothing of substance to offer, he will always resort either to retreat or accusations of racism. And while retreat is his best option, he rarely will choose it.

Anonymous said...

8:00 again. Not going by the last resort. I just call it like I see it.

By the way, I am a Republican. Nice attempt to pin me down as a liberal socialist though. I guess calling someone a liberal socialist is just the last resort of a guy who "has nothing of substance to offer."

But hey, since I am a nice guy, I will include a link to Joseph McCarthy's wikipedia page at the bottom of this post. You will probably be fascinated because from what little I know about you, he may just be your type of guy.

And I don't feel bad for calling out Remus. It takes a special person to racialize Burger King. By the way, have you noticed that there is one on Hwy 463 in Madison? Uh-oh, you know what that means.

Anonymous said...

"Racialize Burger King"? What a goofy comment. Yes, 3:02, all in Madison are aware there is a Burger King here. It's been associated with multiple crimes and criminal activity, some involving the management staff. It's a shit hole and a cess pool. There's not a soul in Madison who would not like to see this place leveled to grade and planted in turnip greens.

Anonymous said...

Turnip greens are good......

Anonymous said...

Well damn, 5:35. Swinger parties at Reunion, religious nuts killing their daughters, and now a Burger King that is a crime hot spot?!?! The only way it could get worse here is if JSU opened up a satellite campus in the area. Madison is lost. I am definitely selling my Madison house and moving to Gluckstadt!

Anonymous said...

Wait.. wait.. wait... what?????

Swingers' parties in Reunion?

Damn, I'm selling my house Ridgeland and moving to Madison! (Reunion is in Madison, right?)

Anonymous said...

Back to the first post...Why would people in Fondren be glad if a Wal Mart in South Jacktown closes?

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