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Wal-Mart backs out of plan for Pascagoula store

A Neighborhood Wal-Mart will not be coming to Pascagoula as originally announced.
A Neighborhood Wal-Mart will not be coming to Pascagoula as originally announced. Sun Herald File

Wal-Mart is backing out of a plan to build a neighborhood store it had considered for Market Street.

In a statement dated Tuesday out of New Orleans, Wal-Mart Director of Communications Anne Hatfield said, “As we continue to evaluate projects and growth opportunities across the United States, we have made a business decision to no longer pursue the proposed Neighborhood Market project in Pascagoula.”

She said Wal-Mart appreciates “the support and coordination of local and state officials as we have worked through the potential development process.”

The store had been planned for the site of the old Estabrook Toyota dealership, which moved to Moss Point.

Hatfield also said the company will continue to look at ways to provide more service to Mississippi customers.

Pascagoula City Manager Joe Huffman said of the long-awaited project, “It isn’t like a store closing, but it means what we’re planning to do on Market Street is even more important — the infrastructure and design plans.

“We were told they were coming, but we understand in the real world you wait until construction starts before you count on a business opening.”

Huffman said he’s disappointed “it just didn’t work out.”

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