By Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – While Kohl's becomes the first retailer to open at the King’s Crossing retail development, others will soon follow.

By the end of the year, Catherine's and Maurice's will open, said Hunter Whitten, a vice president with The Woodmont Company, the Plano, Texas-based developer of the project.

In the spring, the other anchor tenant of the 200,000-square-foot retail center, Ross, will be opening.

All three are women's clothing stores.

A fourth retailer, Rack Room Shoes, also is expected to open in the spring, although Whitten would confirmonly that a "national shoe retailer" was close to inking a deal.

But that still leaves plenty of room for other tenants.

"We've got the stores for the women, but now we have to get some for the men," Whitten said. "We're also talking to several restaurant concepts that would be new to Tupelo."

A shopping mecca

Whitten said King’s Crossing has garnered a lot of interest from retailers.

"We think there's a lot of exciting things going on there, which is only made more so by the addition of the Toyota plant nearby," he said.

Toyota announced in February it was building a $1.3 billion plant near Blue Springs, some 15 miles northwest of Tupelo. Some 2,000 workers will be employed by Toyota, which will build the Highlander SUV.

The addition of another retail center to the $1.75 billion retail market is good, said Jeff Snyder, the general manager of The Mall at Barnes Crossing, which sits to the east of King’s Crossing.

"We support good, quality developments because it only brings more people to the retail hub of Northeast Mississippi, which means more shoppers to the Mall at Barnes Crossing, to downtown Tupelo and to our restaurants," he said.

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