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Ameristar Casino to lay off 150 employees Aug. 15

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. announced at the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday that Ameristar Casino and Hotel gave him some bad news. Flaggs received an official letter Monday morning from Ameristar saying it will lay off 150 people Aug. 15.

The city’s revenue was drastically affected by casino closures. Flaggs reported that the gaming tax revenues for April were $10.42. He is continuing to seek a federal or state stimulus package for the city to help combat its revenue losses.

“I commend the citizens of Vicksburg for what you are doing and attitude you have toward the city while trying to help us economically,” Flaggs said.

Even with the revenue losses due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city is cautiously optimistic about not laying off city employees. As people retire and leave, the city will look at those positions to determine if they are essential enough to rehire or whether the work can be reassigned to others.

“We won’t have to reduce pay or lay off a mass reduction of workers if we act accordingly,” Flaggs said.

Later in the meeting, Flaggs recognized employee anniversaries. Derrick Stamps, Andrew Rodgers and Michael Walker were recognized for 20 years of service with the Vicksburg Fire Department.

Also, the board approved the third annual Star-Spangled Night Run during the meeting. This event will be Saturday, June 27, starting at 8 p.m. For information, visit the event Facebook page.

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Harbor Freight Tools bringing 30 to 35 jobs to Vicksburg

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(photo source: Harbor Freight Tools)

California-based Harbor Freight Tools has announced a new store opening in Vicksburg in 2021.

The exact opening date will be announced closer to the event; however, construction has already begun at 1601 North Frontage Road, WJTV reports.

The store, which sells a large variety of tools and equipment at discount prices, is expected to employ between 30 and 35 people from the Vicksburg area in management and retail sales positions.

“We’ve been looking to open a location in Vicksburg for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community,” Trey Feiler, senior vice president, real estate and construction for Harbor Freight Tools, told the station. “In addition to finding a great location, we were attracted by the availability of great associates in the Vicksburg area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team.”

Applicants should apply online.

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Vicksburg’s China Buffet reopens for dine-in service Nov. 4

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(photo via Facebook, used with permission)

The China Buffet of Vicksburg will be back open for dine-in service Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The restaurant, located at 4150 S. Frontage Road, announced the reopening Monday on its Facebook page.

China Buffet closed its doors earlier this year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and a short time later reopened for carry-out service only.

As of next week, customers will be able to sit down and eat inside again and enjoy the buffet for the first time in months at the popular restaurant.

Customers can still call in their orders to pick up food (601-630-0331) until the dine-in service begins.

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Kevin Roberts opens his second Fit Chef store in Madison

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Kevin Roberts and his new Fit Chef store in Madison. (photos courtesy Kevin Roberts)

Vicksburg resident Kevin Roberts is opening a new Fit Chef location in Madison, Mississippi, next week.

The new Fit Chef is Roberts’ second location. The store promotes a healthy eating lifestyle and offers healthy prepared meals and catering. The grand opening of the new Fit Chef is Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 111 Dees Drive in Madison.

The first Fit Chef is located at 3401 Halls Ferry Road in Roberts hometown of Vicksburg and is popular among local residents.

Roberts has plenty to keep him busy. He is also the owner of The Chopping Block, an axe throwing arcade located at 1504 Washington St. in downtown Vicksburg, which he opened earlier this year.

Roberts is hoping that his second Fit Chef location will have as much success as the first one as he continues to expand the Fit Chef brand.

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