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New Super Walmart means big bucks for county school system

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BYRAM, MS (WLBT) - A more than million dollar payday is coming to the Hinds County School district with the sale of unused property. It's making way for a retail giant and will be a part of the Byram Town Center Development.

"This road over here is gonna be the entrance to it right there," said Byram Mayor Richard White.

Mayor White is talking about the location of a new Super Walmart on land off Siwell Road on Handley Boulevard.

The retail giant purchased 27 and a half acres of unused Hinds County School District property located behind Burger King and Newks.

"They've signed the check and sent it over," said White.

Walmart paid the school system $1.7 million dollars for this land.

It will build a 197,000 square foot big box store in the new Byram Town Center development.

A project which has been in the planning for about two years.

"They're talking about 300 jobs and they've already talked to us about community help where they get involved with the community and do things with the community," said the Mayor. "So we're real tickled about that." 

Byram's Town Center development joins other bustling businesses along a stretch of Siwell Road. This is a rapidly growing burg of more than 11,700 people.

"I think it's a win win situation for everyone involved," said Hinds County resident Bruce Shoemaker II.

Residents and visitors are excited about the expansions and new retailers.

"It would benefit the school district. It would benefit the people living in the area. It would benefit me," added Shoemaker. "It would be a closer place to buy groceries. It would bring competition and lower prices." 

City officials say the 27 acres have belonged to the district for about 40 years and this will be the first time it generates money.

When up and running, the Super Center will bring in an estimated $600,000.00 a year in sales taxes to the city of Byram and $376,000.00 to the Hinds County School District. Construction is slated for 2015.

Hinds County school district officials say a check presentation for the Walmart land purchase will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. during their regular school board meeting.

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