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|Business booming in Vidalia; dozen new businesses to open soon|
There may be a business slump in much of the country, but not in Vidalia.
The building boom continues as about a dozen new companies will soon open their doors from one end of town to the other.
Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland credits the four-laning of Hwy. 61 South to Baton Rouge and Hwy. 15 from the I-20 at Rayville to Vidalia for much of the growth.
"You look at the traffic count coming through Vidalia right now and I believe that has stimulated interest in the economics in our area," Copeland said. "We have kind of been behind the rest of the state, but now we are beginning to catch up as far as business population. And I believe our census has grown. When Holiday Inn begins operating in October I believe you will see more things start popping."
Copeland said Wal-Mart is another reason for the new businesses. The company's decision to open in Vidalia seems to have caught the attention of regional developers.
"The traffic Wal-Mart brings in attracts other businesses," he said. "We're real excited about the future and expect the trend to continue."
Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts is moving from its location on Sgt. Prentiss Drive in Natchez to Vidalia at the foot of the bridge and construction is now underway.
"Vidalia is a market we have been looking at for several years," said Bumper to Bumper Regional Vice-President Don Thompson. "It has always been on our radar. We have two locations in Vidalia and this will help us to better serve our customers in that area."
Thompson said the auto parts store will employ six people and has a projected opening of mid-July.
Kent Walker of Donnie Jarreau Real Estate said the new Vidalia Center strip mall near Vidalia High School will include Hibbet
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