(Horn Lake, MS) Birmingham-based Retail Strategies spent several hours taking a hard look at Horn Lake, and reports there is a definite need for more retail and restaurants there.
Linda Rupert loves living on the west side of Horn Lake, but says it’s not always convenient, ”There’s no place to get a hamburger over here, unless you go on further into traffic.”
She means all the way over to Horn Lake’s easternmost edge where most of the city’s retail meets Southaven.Mayor Alan Latimer told us for years, that’s the only place retailers wanted to open up.”
I don’t know if they think it’s all one big thing, so much as they think it needs to be on the East side of 55, but there’s a large population on the west side of 55, with a lot of needs,” said Latimer.
Now, independent retail consultants confirm it.They say the West side of Horn Lake is ripe with opportunity for retail and restaurants.Horn Lake’s biggest opportunity for retail growth lies at the site of the future Walmart Supercenter at Goodman and Horn Lake Road.
Development of out parcels here could create a little shopping village.Latimer said it has already brought a flood of interest, ”We’ve already had a few people contact us, property owners down here very, very interested in developing these projects or acquiring property to open businesses down here," said Rupert.
Experts say they’ve already begun recruiting and Horn Lake could see some significant changes within a year.”I’m anxious to see the new Walmart, more fast food, more restaurants,” said Rupert.Consultants say the market has grown so much, that retailers and restaurants east of I-55 could now afford to have second locations on the west side.