Court ruling Leaves Costco future uncertain - - Jackson, MS

Court ruling Leaves Costco future uncertain

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A proposed Costco to be built in Ridgeland has hit a roadblock. Thursday we first reported to you that the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the city of Ridgeland engaged in illegal spot zoning to accommodate the retail chain.

This court ruling against the city of Ridgeland states that Costco cannot continue with plans to bring a gas station along with their store.
They can still build here on this land that's already been cleared, but the question is will they?

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee says that it's now up to Costco on whether they want to come without a fueling station.

We talked to the Mayor Friday and he said he had not spoken to Costco officials since the ruling had been handed down. He also said that another retailer could also come in and take their spot if they decided not to build here.

The opposition to Costco is led by a group of neighborhood residents who believe the store will bring in unwanted traffic. There are also people in the area, who believe the store could provide benefits, and are confident, that Costco will still build.

They made an effort to come here, it looks like they purchased property, they've been doing a lot of dirt work out there you can see from the road," said Lina Lynn who works at Wasabi. "It appears to me they're still planning to come I guess. I don't know I haven't talked to them.  I think if they thought they were not going to be able to come here they wouldn't have purchased the property and do all the work they've done."

We contacted the developer Andrew Mattiace to see if he had received words on Costco's intentions. Our calls were not returned.

The land here has been cleared and they've done some drainage work, but in recent months, the lot has been silent, leading many to wonder what will come here, and when.

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