From office buildings to restaurants, business is booming in Ridgeland

Patrick Roland is building a 9,000-square-foot office complex on Maple Street, one of many...
Patrick Roland is building a 9,000-square-foot office complex on Maple Street, one of many economic development projects underway in the city of Ridgeland.(Patrick Roland)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 2:32 PM CDT
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RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) - From new distribution centers on Highland Colony Parkway to a new office building on South Maple Street, business is booming in Ridgeland.

Last week, the mayor and board of aldermen approved site plans for several projects, including a new office complex for South Maple Street, a gas station and drive-through restaurant for U.S. 51, and a Southern Beverage distribution center for Highland Colony.

The approvals represent even more economic development for a city that never really slowed down during the pandemic, said Mayor Gene McGee.

“Even during the Coronavirus period, our economy continued to stay strong,” he said. “That’s because we made decisions to do things to help our businesses do business, such as relaxing our zoning and sign ordinances.

Meanwhile, he said the city continues to foster a “quality environment” for development, with low taxes and low crime.

Much of that development has occurred in the Highland Colony Area, with UPS and Southern Beverage announcing plans to build distribution hubs there.

Several other businesses also have announced plans to build along the corridor, including Chick-Fil-A, which will be between the Wendy’s and Costco fueling station, and Drew Brees’ Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, which is under construction in front of the Costco.

Chick-Fil-A file photo
Chick-Fil-A file photo

“UPS is moving dirt now,” McGee said.

In October, the parcel shipping company announced it was building a $28.6 million distribution center at the Highland Colony 220 Business Park. The facility will accommodate more than 105 package delivery vehicles and bring in 161 new jobs.

Southern Beverage Company, meanwhile, is expected to bring in around 200 new jobs when its center opens.

Across town, Patrick Roland is constructing a 9,000-square-foot office building on South Maple.

Roland, who has other buildings along West Jackson Street, said he had his eye on the South Maple site and scooped up the property when it became available.

“It’s a very good, professional area,” he said. “I wouldn’t call it mom and pops, but we have a lot of smaller businesses. We have a lot of lawyers, doctors, insurance companies, all sorts of professional counselors...”

Roland, who said an Edward Jones will open up in part of his new complex, said very few buildings have had turnover since he started his first complex there in 2009.

“It’s a very stable area,” he said. “You have really wide sidewalks everywhere and you do see a good many people walking.”

Rav Bedi, meanwhile, received board approval to build a gas station/drive-through restaurant on U.S. 51.

The facility will be located at the northwest corner of 51 and Colony Park Boulevard.

In his application, he said the traffic volumes in the area make it perfect for a new fast-food restaurant.

McGee said other projects are also in the works, but said it was too early to share details. “There are some things on the drawing board that I can’t give out because they’re still in negotiations,” he said.

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