Ashley Furniture Industries founder and chairman Ron Wanek, left, talks to Gov. Phil Bryant moments before a groundbreaking ceremony marking the Ecru plant's 13th expansion.

Ashley invests $6M in latest expansion of Ecru plant

The world’s largest upholstered furniture manufacturing plant is getting bigger. Today, Ashley Furniture Industries announced its 13th expansion of the facility it opened in 1994. The $6 million investment will add another 175,000-square-feet to the sprawling manufacturing and distribution hub. Ashley is one of the largest employers in the region, employing some 3,700 workers at its […]

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Posted in Business news, Economic development, Ecru, Furniture, International, Manufacturing, National, Northeast Mississippi, Ripley, Tupelo0 Comments

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Fairpark opens at Noon Saturday for Pigskins in the Park

Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama, all ranked among the nation’s top 25 college football teams, are going on the road this weekend to play important SEC league games.  But football fans in North Mississippi who don’t make the road trip with their favorite teams will still be able to watch the televised games on […]

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On the menu 10.02.15: Latest inspections show nine B’s and a C

We’ve got another C this week – McDonald’s in Pontotoc – and we have an unusual number of B’s as well – nine to be exact. Click here for details into the McDonald’s inspection. And look up any restaurant’s scores here. As a reminder, the state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food facilities. […]

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Mall at Barnes Crossing quietly goes about renovation

With little fanfare, they’ve been repainting walls and ceilings, replacing tile, removing greenery and otherwise quietly making improvements. We’re talking about The Mall at Barnes Crossing. You may have noticed one big change is that the Central Park children’s play area has been removed from the food court area. It had occupied the space behind […]

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Volkswagen making return to Tupelo after long absence

After more than a 20-year absence, new Volkswagens will be sold in Tupelo. Joe Marshall, owner of Barnes Crossing Hyundai Mazda, confirmed plans to build a new VW dealership on North Gloster Street. The 13,000-square-foot showroom will be located between AutoZone and Carlock Nissan, and it will have eight service bays. Marshall, also owns Barnes Crossing Auto […]

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It’s official: Strange Brew opening in Tupelo in January

Wishes DO come true! As noted on Biz Buzz yesterday, Strange Brew Coffeehouse in Starkville said it was going to open a second location.  The Daily Journal’s Derek Russell reports that Strange Brew is opening that location in Tupelo in January. Here’s an excerpt from Derek’s story (click here for the link): The spot the Reeds […]

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Chopstick closes in Tupelo; Cracker Barrel eyes New Albany

We have good news/bad news on the restaurant front. • First the bad: It hasn’t been a good news for several restaurants recently with their closures (Krumbs Homestyle Cooking, Steak Escape, A Gold Star, Gabriel’s on Gloster), and now we have another one to add to the obituaries: Chopstick. The Chinese-Japanese restaurant opened two years […]

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Posted in Business news, Drive-by Photos, Food & Dining, National, New Albany, New restaurants, Northeast Mississippi, Restaurants, Tupelo0 Comments

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