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Vicksburg Mall welcomes new businesses



The Vicksburg Mall (3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.) is welcoming two new businesses this month.

River City Catfish Court and Hall’s Gifts and Treasures Floral Design will make their debut at the mall by the end of November.

“River City is in the process of moving into Falafel et Al’s space now, and they’re just waiting on finalization privileges now, licenses from the city and the final OK from the health department,” said Jerry Chambers, Vicksburg Mall manager. “So we’re looking at maybe the next week or two weeks before they open.

“The other business has an existing store downtown. They’re looking to move here to the mall to relocate. They’ll have fresh and artificial flowers, wreaths, gifts and they also sell some snacks in the store.”

The Vicksburg Mall hopes that with the opening of these two businesses, more people will follow.

“This will definitely increase the foot traffic out to the mall,” Chambers said. “Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think there’s much out here anymore, which is why we’re trying to increase that. Another thing we do is we try to keep events going on out here that will bring more traffic as well.”

The Vicksburg Mall extends a welcome to all local businesses looking for a place to call home.

“We encourage local businesses to come out and lease spaces. Our prices are very reasonable,” he said. “We want it to be kind of like a family here at the mall so that everyone feels welcome.”

For more information, call the Vicksburg Mall at 601-634-0823.



Krystal files for bankruptcy



Popular fast-food chain Krystal, known for serving burgers on steamed, square buns, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The chain opened its first store in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1932, and now operates about 300 stores across the South, employing about 7,500 people.

“The actions we are taking are intended to enable Krystal to establish a stronger business for the future and to achieve a restructuring in a fast and efficient manner,” the company said in a statement.

Krystal Company says its restaurants will stay open during the bankruptcy process.

The filing cites shifting consumer tastes and a tight labor market among the reasons for filing bankruptcy. Fast-food restaurants have an unusually high turnover rate of up to 200 percent, and Krystal’s statement says the labor market makes it difficult to staff its restaurants.

The company has debts of between $50 million and $100 million, according to the filing.

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Entergy certifies three CERES sites as project ready



CERES B site (photo from the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership)

From the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership and Entergy Mississippi:

The Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership announced today that Entergy Mississippi has authorized certification of three sites at the CERES Industrial Park as Economic Development Project Ready Sites.

The certification is the culmination of months of work done by the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership in coordination with Entergy Mississippi. The work included a comprehensive review, due diligence and documentation generation for the three sites, in order to make them ready for prospective manufacturing or industrial projects.

Site location consultants and prospective companies require immediate response times and communities must be able to respond effectively and efficiently on very short notice. Entergy Mississippi works with communities to help them identify the due diligence and analysis needed to make sure their sites are ready for a project. Once the community has done what is required by the program, Entergy authorizes the Certification of the sites and provides resources to promote the certified sites and market them to national and international brokerage firms and site consultants.

“This is a very positive development for CERES and for our efforts to attract more companies to Vicksburg and Warren County, said Pablo Diaz, President & CEO of the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership, in a statement. “The certification process allowed us to document the strengths and weaknesses of our sites and to reduce the level of risk and due diligence that a potential company would need to undertake in order to decide to locate in our community. We are most thankful to Entergy Mississippi for working closely with us to accomplish this certification, and we look forward to partnering with them to market the sites and CERES in general to companies across the nation and the world.”

“As decision timelines for companies grow shorter, Vicksburg Warren County understands having sites ready for development is a necessity to remain competitive, said Ed Gardner, Executive Director of Entergy Economic Development. “Entergy is proud to add three sites in CERES to the growing list of certified sites in our service territory. I commend the Economic Development Partnership for making significant investments to meet the requirements of our program.”

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs added, “Entergy is a key partner in our economic development efforts and this certification is another example of their commitment to help communities in their service territory be prepared for success. We have had tremendous economic development success in the past few years, and Entergy has continuously been a close ally in that success”

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Girl Scouts introducing new cookie for 2020



Good news cookie lovers. The Girl Scouts of the USA are introducing a brand new cookie this year.

The new cookie, called Lemon Ups, are crispy, lemon cookies baked with eight different motivational messages such as “I am a leader” and “I am a go getter” designed to lift your spirits. The new flavor is being offered in a limited number of markets.

But never fear. If lemon cookies are your thing, also check out Lemonades, a lemon-icing-topped shortbread variety.

“Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies—but the program is about so much more than cookies,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo in a press release. “Girls learn about entrepreneurship as they run their own cookie businesses. The important business and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program are proven to build their leadership skills and position them for success in the future. When you purchase cookies you are helping girls power their Girl Scout experience and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs.”

Of course, don’t forget the perennial favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas and S’mores. This year also features a refreshed package design.

Girl Scout Cookies can only be purchased from a registered Girl Scout. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit While you’re there, check out all the sinfully delicious cookie flavors available.


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