DENNIS SEID: Readers still hoping for Target, other favorites

img_6435543The headline we’ve all been waiting for: Target is opening in Tupelo. And it’s arrival will usher in the likes of TGI Friday’s, Cheddar’s, Steak N’ Shake, Steinmart, Michael’s and Dave & Busters.

But it’s not a real headline, not a true story. Just a fantasy at this point.

On the Journal’s Facebook page at DJournalnow, a question was posed last week: “What retailer or restaurant would you like to see come to Tupelo in the next 12 months.”

Target, of course, topped the list. The other names you read also were mentioned, along with Hollister, Golden Corral, Joe’s Crab Shack and Hooters.

With near absolute certainty I can say I don’t think I’ll ever write about Hooters opening in Tupelo.

But Target? Maybe one day.

We’ve been here before, as most of you well know. At least three development companies have proposed retail sites anchored by Target.

The original plans for Tupelo Commons, where Best Buy, Ashley Furniture and the Malco Theater are located called for it being an entertainment and retail hub. There was even a ferris wheel!

Across North Gloster Street was another phase for Tupelo Commons that had a Target-sized retailer anchoring a shopping center.

Then there were plans for a proposed Target development on Tom Watson Drive, in the area where Fairfield Inn and Scruggs are located.

And at the intersection of Barnes Crossing Road and North Gloster, where the northern loop is coming through, a proposed Target development was oh, so close to coming to fruition. But land and development costs, along with a few other issues, proved a little too much.

But after all these years and shattered dreams, could the completion of the loop next year usher in another stab at a Target?

Truthfully, I have no idea. I’ll believe it when I see it.

It sounds like a great location to have a retail development anchored by Target, with several other restaurants and retailers as secondary stores. It would attract shoppers like moths to a flame.

But in case you haven’t noticed, there’s still plenty of empty commercial space available.

And how much more traffic can North Gloster and the Barnes Crossing area handle?

Sure, shoppers and diners would love to see a few more big names. Target and those other dream places would bring in more people with fewer having to go to Memphis or Birmingham.

For a city its size, Tupelo has a great retail and restaurant environment with its mix of national and local stores and eateries.

Maybe we should shop and eat a little more often at the places we already have and support them before we start wishing for the others to open.

Yeah, that’s a fantasy, too.

Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678-1578 or dennis.seid@journalinc.com.