RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - Two new restaurants are moving onto County Line road. They will be occupying properties that have been vacant for years.
This week the announcement was made that this Shoney's restaurant that has been vacant for several years, will be the home of a new seafood restaurant. The Shrimp Basket, a Gulf Shores, Alabama, based company will be opening a restaurant in the abandoned building. A site plan and architectural review were approved by the city Tuesday.
The restaurant chain based out of Gulf Shores Alabama has two other locations in Mississippi.
They plan to renovate the existing building. They will be right next door to a proposed Hardees restaurant. They will be going on the property where the old Ralph and Kacoo's seafood restaurant was.
That business has been closed for nearly 20 years.
Business owners in the area say they are glad these empty property spaces are finally being filled.
Sam Brahmbhatt who owns the Rodeway Inn said,
"It constantly hurt us, mainly last year. Denny's opened up because Applebee's was closed down on County Line now that opened up, so hopefully, everything will go well," said Rodeway Inn owner Sam Brambhatt. That will definitely help my business and it will help the rest of the businesses in the area as well."
Further down County Line road, there are a few big box retail commercial buildings ready for new tenants. The recently closed Toy's R' Us, and Academy stores now have for sale signs up.
Around the corner, the Best Buy store that closed in October of 2015 is still vacant. Real estate experts we talked to say it can be challenging to attract new businesses when new growth is occurring outside the metro.