SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Not long ago, things looked bleak at the Southaven Towne Center as several large retailers, including Circuit City, Linens 'N Things and Sportsman's Warehouse, closed stores there.
Now, things are beginning to shift, and new businesses are coming back, to the delight of city officials.
"We've got Bed, Bath and Beyond taking the place of Linens and Things (and) hhgregg takes the place of Circuit City, so it will bring that market back in here," Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said.
Davis added that while many national retailers have had problems, sales in the city of Southaven are still strong, which keeps businesses coming.
Southaven resident Shirley Sarbeck said she is happy that new business are coming to replace those that left.
"We lost three businesses, and now new ones are coming in and we won't have these empty stores anymore," she said.
Work has already started at hhgregg, which is slated to open in late fall. Resident Jennifer Round said the new store will not only be good for Southaven's economy, but those who are looking for employment as well.
"With the economic status as it is, I mean a lot of people are out of work," she said. "Maybe unemployment can drop and people can get back to work."
Southaven, like other cities in DeSoto County, will have a much leaner and more conservative budget this year. Davis said city planners have lowered sales tax estimates this year in order to be prepared financially to run the city without raising taxes.