McCullough Crossing, a retail development at the Coley Road-McCullough Boulevard intersection in west Tupelo (or Belden, if you prefer) is beginning construction of its first phase soon.
The 12-acre development is behind BNA Bank and Old Venice Pizza.
In about six weeks, a 7,000-square-foot building will be home to Mi Toro, a Mexican restaurant with drive-thru. Two other spaces, possibly a dry cleaner and a sandwich shop, will occupy the other spots.
A second building, about 6,000 square feet, will be a professional office complex with a pharmacy – complete with drive-thru as well – a dentist and another provider.
But the cornerstone of the development, will be a long-awaited grocery story if things work out.
Tupelo attorney Mike Greer is behind the project, something he and business partner Clyde Whitaker had dreamed about several years ago before Whitaker passed away and the recession hit.
The McCullough Crossing website says, “This was a dream of my late partner, Mr. Clyde Whitaker and now I’m excited to be able to make his vision a reality. With the continued residential growth due to The Tupelo Airport, Tupelo Country Club and Tupelo Furniture Market, as well as, the expansion of an already massive Toyota affect, and the upcoming completion of the Northern Loop, Belden’s McCullough Crossing is in the epicenter of this growing area.
“McCullough Crossing has drawn the attention of various retailers, restaurants and professionals, who realize that this area is under served. Watch in the coming days, weeks and months as announcements are released of those who calling McCullough Crossing their new location.”
Developer Jay Shannon is helping with the project, and said McCullough Crossing ail have a similar look to his Center City Market development in Saltillo that’s home to Save A Lot, Skybox Spors Grill, Mi Toro Bravo and other businesses.
The building for the grocery store will be 45,000 square feet, but the store itself will occupy about 25,000 square feet. The remainder would be filled by another retailer, Shannon said.