Brooks Grocery still a go for West Tupelo

Brooks-Grocery-logoBy Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Although the world’s largest retailer could alter his plans, Brooks Davis still plans to build a Brooks Grocery in west Tupelo.

Rumors have circulated recently that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is looking to build three of its smaller-format stores in the city, including two within a relatively short distance of the proposed Brooks Grocery store. Speculation has been that Davis has shelved his plans, but he said, “I don’t make decisions based on rumors. As far as I’m concerned, until I hear something official, we’re still planning to build the store.”

Last month, Iuka-based Brooks Grocery broke ground on a 27,000-square-foot supermarket, with plans to open next spring on the corner of West Jackson Extended and Coley Road near the Tupelo Furniture Market.

Davis has heard about Wal-Mart’s plans, but reiterated that he will continue to move forward on his project until he hears differently.

Wal-Mart did not immediately respond to a request from the Daily Journal.

However, the city’s Development Services director, Shane Hooper, confirmed that the retailer has made preliminary inquiries about the permitting process in Tupelo. Hooper said the company is looking at building three Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in the city, but declined to say where they are.

“Nothing has been decided, and nothing has been written in stone,” Hooper said, adding that the company has not filed anything with the city officially.

Wal-Mart has said it plans to open as many as 300 small-format Walmart Express and Walmart Neighborhood Market stores across the country this year. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and the company now has about 300 of them across the country.

The smaller-format stores include a grocery with fresh produce, health and beauty aids, pet products, cleaning supplies and a pharmacy.

They are about a quarter the size of a Walmart Supercenter, which typically are 120,000 to 180,000 square feet. Neighborhood Markets are about 38,000 square feet.

The proposed Tupelo Walmart Neighborhood Markets would be about 42,000 square feet, Hooper said.

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    • MTP

      Where is the Walmart market going to be?? The suspense is too much. 🙂

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  • Tim

    I can’t see Walmart building three Neighborhood Markets in a city the size of Tupelo, maybe three Walmart Express locations since those are about the size of a Walgreens but Hoopers statement that the stores will be 42,000 sq feet would rule the Express locations out. I also think that the Supercenter on West Main is what I’d call a short distance away from the proposed Brooks Grocery so I can’t see them building two locations a short distance away unless they’re possibly looking at closing the west main store or downsizing it to a Neighborhood Market. I can see them possible building one on McCullough somewhere between Coley and 78. There’s a good sized empty field behind the Sonice across from the ICC Belden campus that the owners of that land have been trying to attract a grocery to for some time and there’s also a piece of land behind Old Venice and BNA Bank that has been mentioned several times as trying to attract a grocery. I think one of these will be the location. I can see them building a second store way down south gloster somewhere close to the intersection of gloster and the new highway six. There was a Walmart in this area for years before it closed when the first super center opened. A possible location for a third would maybe be way out on East Main somewhere. I can’t see them putting one anywhere close to the Barnes Crossing area or West Main unless they’re going to close one of the super centers. There’s only three Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the Memphis area and one of those is way down in Horn Lake so I’m just not sure I believe this rumor yet.

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    Thomas street and Cliff Gookin has a lot of activity lately!!!!!

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