A 'somber' day: Chiquita leaving Gulfport after 40 years
Chiquita and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the move in New Orleans on Wednesday, around the same time the state port director in Gulfport, Jonathan Daniels, received word from the company in a telephone conference.
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#1 May 15, 2014
I live over in jackson Co. & back in 2008 or 09 I went to Singing River Mall & I chatted with the man at the manager booth. He kept bragging about how Sears & Penney were going to be there forever. He also said a big store like Costco or something was coming & that they were going to do a big ass remodel or something.
Now they're basically tearing it down & converting it into a Super Walmart with a few adjacent strip malls.
Not very reassuring for the coast economy.
My point is - the director of the port may say "we have solid replacements lined up" but until the ink is on the paper & they're breaking ground "don't count the chicks before they're hatched."
I suspect strongly if they can even get another tenant in this economy that they'll have to lower rent rates & fewer people will be needed to bring in crap.
The problem is that there's just no demand in the US economy. Who the hell has any money to spend?
These big companies don't like going to these small cities like Mobile or Pascagoula or Gulfport -- they like staying in the big places like Houston or New Orleans or Tampa....
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