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‘Change the look? Oh, you could never do that.’ But what will Edd’s do with the money?

Edd’s Drive-in in Pascagoula is one of six businesses to recently receive a facade grant from Main Street Pascagoula.
Edd’s Drive-in in Pascagoula is one of six businesses to recently receive a facade grant from Main Street Pascagoula. Courtesy Edd’s Drive-in

Change the look of Edd’s? Heaven forbid.

Edd’s Drive-in, a Pascagoula icon for 60 years, received a facade grant from Main Street Pascagoula. The grant encourages businesses “to improve the exterior.”

But in this case, it won’t be a new look, the Main Street coordinator said. It will be new paint and beautification.

Walker Foster, a member of the family that co-owns Edd’s, said, “If we changed anything at Edd’s, they’d march us out of town.”

He’s talking about the customers.

So it will be the same colors, the same awning and the same sign, he said.

The stucco, mentioned in the press release about the grants, is just caulking to fix a crack in the south side of the building, Foster said.

The landscaping, will be more about the warehouse behind Edd’s, he said.

“Edd’s will not change,” he said. “This is more about freshening up.”

Foster said customers had a hard enough time with change when Edd’s added computers so it could take debit cards.

“That was big enough,” he said. “Change the look? Oh, you could never do that.”

The five other Pascagoula businesses receiving facade grants:

▪  Whimpsey Books & Toys, on Pascagoula Street, will commission a mural on the north side of the building facing the railroad tracks and spruce up its Scranton’s sign.

▪  Nura Juice Bar, on Delmas Avenue, will add a screen door, replace blinds and add landscaping.

▪  Downtown Jazz Club, on Canty Street, will replace its awning, pressure wash the building and add landscaping.

▪  Southern Bells Like Big Bows, on Krebs Avenue, will complete the upper level, add historic lighting and add landscaping.

▪  The Jury Room, on Delmas Avenue, will add an awning, install double entry doors and add additional signs.

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