The owner of Taylor Smith Shoes in downtown Columbus says the business will open next week.
You’ll remember that since April the vacant storefront at 423 Main St. has had a “Taylor Smith Shoes” sign, along with a “Coming Soon” sign, hanging in front of it. Many have wondered when, or if, the store would open. Owner Brenda McCoy says the lag was due to her mother, who she helped care for, being sick. McCoy’s mother died recently. McCoy is opening the store in her honor.
It will offer shoes, clothing and handbags, McCoy said. The first day for business is Wednesday.
Two closings are coming to Columbus businesses. First, the Fred’s Super Dollar Store on 18th Avenue North is shutting down. A store representative confirmed that a closing is coming, but could not say when. The representative did say a “going out of business” sale was underway.
The other two Fred’s Super Dollar Stores in Columbus — one downtown on Fifth Street, one on Alabama Street — have no plans to close.
Also, Simply Fashions, located in Kroger Plaza along Highway 45 North, has a sign hanging in front of it indicating that it is closing. A manager at the store, which focuses on “affordable clothing options for the urban woman,” said she could not comment. She directed The Dispatch to the boutique chain’s corporate office. We reached out and received no response.
Over in Starkville, a Taco Del Mar is opening.
The restaurant chain offers “offers a fast, fun and delicious alternative to traditional Mexican food,” according to its corporate website. The first one opened in Seattle in 1992.
The Starkville restaurant will be located in Cotton Crossing Shopping Center on Russell Street. A Facebook page dedicated to the spot states it will open sometime this month. The owner told The Dispatch he would know more definitively in coming weeks.
There are more than 250 Taco Del Mars. In Mississippi, there are four (one in Flowood, one in Clinton, one in Hattiesburg, one in Ridgeland).
Lastly, as the season of giving approaches, a reminder that some people will take. The National Insurance Crime Bureau releases a breakdown of what cars and trucks have been most reported stolen each year.
The car most reported stolen in the U.S. in 2013 was a Honda Accord. The NICB breaks it down by state, too. Looking at Mississippi itself, the top five most commonly stolen vehicles are: Chevrolet pickup (2004s), Ford pickup (2006s), Chevrolet Impala (2006s), Nissan Altima (2014s) and Honda Accord (2007s).
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William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.