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South Jackson gets Food Depot

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Residents in one South Jackson neighborhood eagerly anticipate the grand-opening of a new and convenient place to shop. Food Depot will soon open its second Jackson location in a spot that has a history of businesses opening up and then closing. Construction workers are scrambling to put in tile and mirrors to get the new Food Depot ready for business. The busy South Jackson intersection of McDowell and Terry Roads is no stranger to having businesses set up and then shut down. The old Brookshire's grocery store closed about a year ago and before that Albertson's grocery store closed. But now, South Jackson residents like Andrea Baggett look forward to the vacant space opening back up. "I think the new food store is going to be great, I don't have to keep going different places, I can go right there, save gas and I'm going to love it," Baggett said. Once Food Depot opens, South Jackson will have five grocery stores. Food Depot will be the third grocery store directly in Ward 6. "It helps us to reach our goal that we've set here in the city of having a healthy city and so the options where people can come and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables," said Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber. In a neighborhood where money is tight, Food Depot will help the community save on groceries and gas said resident Tara Martin. "Usually I go to Wal-Mart or Kroger, so it will save me $10 a week, it's around the corner, I can even walk to the store," Martin said. Food Depot managers said when it comes to grocery stores, Food Depot is categorized in the lowest pricing zone. That means prices can't get any cheaper. Prices will "hopefully be reasonable," Martin said. It's not only the prices and convenience residents look forward too. "I have been talking to my neighbors and they're ready for the employment," Baggett said. The store will employ fifty to seventy workers. The first day of business is scheduled for February 8th.

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