Belk expanding, renovating area stores

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

Belk is moving to a larger location in Corinth and renovating its stores in Tupelo, investing nearly $9 million in the projects.
In Corinth, the Charlotte, N.C.-based department store chain is more than doubling its space by moving to the former Walmart building at Southgate Plaza.
The $3.7 million expansion into the 50,000-square-foot building should be complete by the store’s opening on Sept. 22. The old store will close Sept. 18, when employees start transferring merchandise to the new location.
A grand opening will be held Oct. 12.
In Tupelo, Belk is renovating both of its stores in The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
The $5 million project includes a remodeling of the Women’s Store that expands the assortment and brands of shoes, accessories and apparel.
The children’s department has been moved to the Belk Men’s and Home Store.
Together, the mall locations take up 191,000 square feet of space.
The work in Tupelo is expected to finish before the store’s grand reopening on Oct. 12. The women’s store will stay open during the remodeling.
Belk opened its store at Southgate Plaza in 1987, and in 2004, expanded it by 6,500 square feet to a total of about 32,000 square feet.
Belk has operated its current stores at The Mall at Barnes Crossing since its acquisition of the former McRae’s stores in 2005. McRae’s opened its first store at the mall in 1990; that store now is the Belk Women’s Store. McRae’s later opened a second store in 1996, and it’s now the Belk Men’s and Home Store.