New busi­nesses open­ing on Coast part of $5 mil­lion in devel­op­ment

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY MARY PEREZ [email protected]­her­


Changes in the way peo­ple shop and dine are bring­ing new busi­nesses to South Mis­sis­sippi and en­cour­ag­ing own­ers to re­model and add new fea­tures.

Thurs­day’s grand open­ing of Roses Ex­press dis­count store, next to Rouses Mar­ket on Pass Road in Gulf­port, gave shop­pers a look at what man­ager Chris Wessle­man de­scribes as a whole­sale dis­count store. It has more ap­parel than a dol­lar store and a va­ri­ety of house­wares, hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions, toys, elec­tron­ics and other de­part­ments.

“I’m so glad you got one here,” a cus­tomers said as she came in the door. The only other store in the South­east­ern chain in the state is in Jack­son.

Rouses added gro­cery de­liv­ery to its of­fer­ings this year, which lets cus­tomers shop on- line and have their gro­ceries brought to their home or of­fice. Crews have be­gun ren­o­vat­ing the for­mer Winn-Dixie store, just to the west on Pass Road, to be­come a new and up­dated Rouses.

Waitr food de­liv­ery ser­vice, which started in the Biloxi and Gulf­port area, has added Bay

St. Louis and Pass Chris­tian to its ser­vice area. The com­pany’s app lets cus­tomers or­der from the menus of their fa­vorite restau­rants, and the Waitr driver de­liv­ers for a flat fee of $5. The com­pany said it now has more than 175 restau­rants in the area, and all-lo­cal staff and drivers.


An­nounce­ments of new and ren­o­vated busi­nesses are com­ing ev­ery week in 2018. The largest build­ing per­mit is­sued in the last month, ac­cord­ing to the Treen Re­port, is $1.4 mil­lion to turn what was a grill into the 24th Sugar Fac­tory Amer­i­can Brasserie in the world.

Boom­town Casino also was given a per­mit for an undis­closed amount to con­vert its steak­house into an Old Saint restau­rant and sports bar as part of the casino’s new sports bet­ting.

Over the last month, $5 mil­lion in build­ing per­mits were is­sued across the Coast, ac­cord­ing to the Treen Re­port. In ad­di­tion to the casino restau­rants, the ma­jor projects are:

$900,000 for a Brick & Spoon restau­rant out­side Edge­wa­ter Mall. The build­ing off Eisen­hower Drive also will house Kay Jew­el­ers and Ver­i­zon Wire­less.

$711,000 for the shell of a new build­ing at 8927 Lor­raine Road, Gulf­port

$600,000 for a new of­fice for Fletcher Build­ing Ma­te­rial/Rental at

3311 Short­cut Road, Pascagoula

$400,000 for a mixed-use re­tail, of­fice, res­i­den­tial by Fritz Devel­op­ment, 130 Croe­sus St., Biloxi

$400,000 for ren­o­va­tion of six fire-dam­aged units at Wave­view Apart­ments, Wave­land

$150,000 for ren­o­va­tion by Uni­ver­sity of Mis­sis­sippi at 1721 Med­i­cal Park Drive, Biloxi

$75,000 for ren­o­va­tion of MS Gulf Coast MLS, 141 DeBuys Road, Gulf­port


That brings the to­tal of per­mits listed year-to-date in the Treen Re­port to $185 mil­lion across South Mis­sis­sippi.

Biloxi’s con­struc­tion is run­ning $28 mil­lion ahead of this time last year, re­ports Jerry Creel, com­mu­nity devel­op­ment di­rec­tor.

The Devel­op­ment Re­view Com­mit­tee has heard plans for a new restau­rant and bar at the for­mer Tor­ri­celli Mo­tors build­ing at 663 Howard Av­enue and a Chevron gas sta­tion and con­ve­nience store at 15100 Mis­sis­sippi 67.

In D’Iberville, Kim Comp­ton, di­rec­tor of eco­nomic devel­op­ment, said she and City Man­ager Clay Jones at­tended a shop­ping cen­ter con­ven­tion in At­lanta and con­tinue to meet with re­tail­ers con­sid­er­ing open­ing stores just to the west of The Prom­e­nade.

While more peo­ple shop on­line, she said the stores at The Prom­e­nade and San­gani Boule­vard got off to a very busy Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son on Thanks­giv­ing night and the crowds con­tin­ued all week­end.

Of all cities in Mis­sis­sippi with a pop­u­la­tion over 10,000, she said D’Iberville is No. 1 per capita in sales tax re­ceipts.

Ray Brandt, which al­ready has sev­eral deal­er­ships on the north side of I-10 in D’Iberville, is adding a Nis­san, she said, and the coun­cil re­cently ap­proved a plan by DMN As­so­ci­ates to con­vert apart­ments at 12351 Lamey Bridge Road into con­do­mini­ums.

“The next big project will be the widen­ing of Popp’s Ferry Road,” she said, start­ing on D’Iberville Boule­vard and go­ing west. “It will open up all that prop­erty for devel­op­ment,” she said.

In west Har­ri­son County, the re­mains of what was a condo project has been de­mol­ished. The Vil­lage at Hen­der­son Point was de­stroyed dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina in 2005. Con­struc­tion be­gan on a new project in 2007 and was aban­doned a year later.


Busi­nesses open­ing on the Coast are:

Nov. 29 – South Mis­sis­sippi Smiles, 4105 Hos­pi­tal Road, Pascagoula

Nov. 30 – Bright Eyed Brew Co., a new cof­fee shop, 623 Wash­ing­ton Ave., Ocean Springs

Nov. 30 – Cen­tral Sta- tion Bistro, 205 Cen­tral Ave., Bay St. Louis

Nov. 30 – Re­mod­eled Chick-fil-A, 11001 U.S. 49, Gulf­port

Dec. 5 – Pop­corn Plus store near carousel at Edge­wa­ter Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

Dec. 5 – Brushes Sa­lon, 15007 Cre­osote Road, Gulf­port

Dec. 5 — West Biloxi Board­walk

Dec. 6 – Home Choice Health Ser­vices, Biloxi

Dec. 8 – PJ’s Cof­fee of Bay St. Louis

Dec. 14 – Matt Harkins State Farm, 2723 Pass Road, Biloxi

Dec. 18 – Make it Shine Clean­ing, 440 East Pass Road, Gulf­port

Mary Perez: 228-896-2354, @MaryPerezSH

PHO­TOS BY JOHN FITZHUGH jc­[email protected]­her­

Jamie Go­van of Ocean Springs, left, helps her mother, Ar­dra Redeemer of Gulf­port, af­ter the two went shop­ping on Thurs­day at Roses Ex­press at Cowan and Pass roads in Gulf­port.

Work­ers lay cin­der blocks on Thurs­day for a $400,000 mixed-use build­ing by Fritz Devel­op­ment on Croe­sus Street in Biloxi.

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