By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Gloster Creek Village has a new 35-foot-tall sign with a new logo at a new spot.
The sign also sports a 14 foot-by-7 1/2-foot digital sign that the facility’s owners say will not only display the tenants, but is available to other advertisers as well.
The sign is among several improvements being made at the former Tupelo Mall, which was built more than three decades ago.
“We’ve got a new roof, a new entrance and we’re renovating the exterior walls,” said Chris Mills. “We’ve made a lot of upgrades.”
The new sign also raises the visibility of the facility. Not only is it bigger and taller, it sits at a higher point than the old sign off South Gloster Street.
“Even though people know we’re here, it’s easy to miss the sign and the road leading in,” Mills said.
The South Gloster entrance at the building also is being renovated, with a new awning and a bigger covered walkway being installed.
New stucco and paint will be added to the exterior. Previous plans to add all-new brick to the entire facade were dropped.
Mills, his brother Dr. Steve Mills, Sean Kohen and Jason Perry bought out the former owners and took possession of the complex last June.
Chris and Steve Mills’ mother, Jane Mills, was part of the previous ownership group that included Len Pegues, Tommy Morgan and three others.
Gloster Creek Village’s retail occupancy has shrunk over the years, and its focus has changed during that time. Like the previous ownership group, the current owners don’t see it as a retail center.
“We’re looking for medical and professional people, making this more of a center for them,” Chris Mills said. “Everyone knows it’s not a retail center anymore.”
GCV does have a number of other businesses, including the Caramel Corn Shop, Honeybaked Ham, Ms. Ruth’s Express, Pizza Doctor and Sir Antony’s.
Mills said the improvements are paying off, with more interest and activity being generated.
One of the newest tenants will be optometrist Maurice Clark, who’s moving his office from The Mall at Barnes Crossing to Gloster Creek Village.
Gloster Creek Village was built more than 30 years ago and used to house a movie theater, Sears, McRae’s, a Reed’s store location, Morrison’s Cafeteria and dozens of other stores.
Pegues’ group took over the Gloster Creek complex in 1994 and worked to convert it into a multi-purpose professional office and retail space.