BIZ BUZZ BLOG: New jobs, wedding cost and new Huddle House

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Ashley adding 60 jobs with Verona plant

The former Morgan Fabrics plant in Verona has a new owner in Ashley Furniture, the world’s largest furniture company.Ashley Logo

Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant will officially announce Ashley’s move in his State of the State address tonight, but Furniture Today reported the deal online last week and in print yesterday.

Ashley already employs some 3,000 people in its plants in Ecru and Ripley. Its Ecru plant is the world’s largest upholstered furniture manufacturing plant. The Verona facility will be used to produce mattresses and sofa sleepers, with operations expected to start this summer. Ashley will add 60 jobs in the first phase of its expansion.

The magazine said Ashley will start its customer support center and replacement parts center at the Verona plant by the end of the year.

Average cost of Mississippi wedding tops $20K

From MSU Extension Service …

MISSISSIPPI STATE – While every bride wants a special wedding, having an event that breaks the bank is the wrong way to start married life.

According to, the average cost of a wedding in Mississippi is under $24,000. In Washington County, weddings costs range from $16,724 to $27,874; in Madison County, couples typically spend between $19,367 and $32,279; and in Jackson County, that cost is between $17,025 and $28,675.

Sprint Mart to add Huddle House

No doubt another one of those badly-kept secrets, but the Sprint Mart on Eason Boulevard in Tupelo is moving to a new home – right Sprint Martnext door in the former Horizon Travel Center.

And Sprint Mart will be getting some company in its new digs – a Huddle House restaurant.

The restaurant will be moving into the space once occupied by a Western Sizzlin’ Express, which didn’t last too long. It briefly became a locally-owned restaurant, but it, too, closed, and the travel center store wasn’t too long behind it.

The new Sprint Mart is expected to open in the next few weeks.

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