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By STEVEN NALLEY
Plans for Tractor Supply Company to open a new location in Starkville reflect the cityâ€™s recovery from a national recession and its ability to attract businesses, city officials said Wednesday.
On Tuesday, TSC representative Rob Hoskins and Century 21 realtor Spencer Bailey announced plans for a new location adjacent to Greta Lane, south of railroad tracks near Walmart on Highway 12 in West Starkville. Hoskins said the 19,097-square-foot store should open toward the middle or end of January and provide 12-17 full- and part-time job openings.
Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman said TSCâ€™s arrival in Starkville is exciting news because the store will increase local purchasing opportunities for citizens.
â€śIt means more jobs for our community,â€ť Wiseman said, â€śit means more money being spent in our community (and) it means more sales tax dollars that become city revenue.â€ť
With the announcement, TSC joins a series of businesses that plan to open new locations in Starkville, including Newkâ€™s, Trustmark and Renasant Bank. Starkvilleâ€™s success in attracting businesses over the past few months has resulted from two factors, Wiseman said.
â€śFirst, itâ€™s the result of some momentum this community is experiencing right now, as evidenced by our 2010 census returns,â€ť Wiseman said. â€śThis communityâ€™s population is growing, and population growth is conducive to increased business opportunities.â€ť
Second, Wiseman said several projects in Starkville stalled by the national recession are now joining in the national recovery.
â€śGenerally, youâ€™re seeing more projects moving in the retail area than you have over the last couple of years,â€ť Wiseman said. â€śIâ€™m not pointing as much to tangible examples as I am to a general slowdown thatâ€™s been experienced everywhere beginning with the economic collapse in 2008.â€ť
Lynn Spruill, chief administrative officer for Starkville, said TSC, like other West Starkville businesses, will draw shoppers from as far away as Winona.
â€śLouisville folks come up here to go to the movies, for example,â€ť Spruill said. â€śWeâ€™re quite delighted that weâ€™ll have a business that will attract people to come to town and shop and also enjoy the restaurants and other amenities that Starkville has.â€ť