|Today's post highlights DeSoto County, MS, retail.|
Well, after another one month off from blogging (seems to be becoming a habit...), I'm back again! I have posts in store for the next two months as well, so don't worry ;) Anyway, today I'm going to do something I've been building up to for quite some time now: since April, in fact!
Across from the 2008-built "new Target" to Horn Lake's old, this year Olive Branch has been seeing yet another new retail development: Olive Branch Crossing. The center, featuring Academy Sports and Outdoors, Hobby Lobby, and Five Below - all new to DeSoto County - has been under construction for nearly five months now, and, after all that work, is anticipating grand openings of its two anchor stores next weekend. This weekend, I hope you'll join me in taking a look at Olive Branch Crossing's journey to this point!
|These first pictures are from April 25th, 2015. Here you see Academy from the road - and I'd like to apologize now for the window glare you'll be seeing in many of these shots!|
|By May 15th, 2015, it doesn't look like too much has changed on the exterior, but I assure you workers were very busy and efficient.|
|Take this view, for example: evidently road work for the parking lot had commenced in mid-May!|
|Fast-forwarding to June 29th, the view from above had transformed greatly, with much of the exterior decoration administered.|
|A straight-shot view at both Hobby Lobby and Academy also reveals that progress. Aside from signage, this is pretty much the final look of the stores.|
|Looking back down Goodman toward its intersection with Pleasant Hill, you can see just how much land was razed for Olive Branch Crossing. That's a pretty precarious ledge the church lot is now left with...|
|To make the center completely level, turns out much of it actually wound up below road level from Goodman Road. You'll see this again in later views.|
|The view July 24th headed toward Goodman Road shows a new monument sign for Academy lining Pleasant Hill Road.|
|Rounding the corner by the church, what's that you see...?|
|Here's a view ten days later from the Pink Coconut Boutique (not there for me, lol!) parking lot: perhaps better than that close-up from the last shot? You can also see that Hobby Lobby has put its signs up at this point.|
|We've made it to this month now, with this September 5th view showing Five Below, the quickest construction of the three, has joined Hobby Lobby in installing signage. I assume work had shifted inside to prep for opening by the time of these pics.|
|At least, I hope that's the case, since this same-day view of next-door Academy sees it loudly proclaiming its September 18th opening date with that banner!|
|This September 8th, 2015, picture shows what could almost be mistaken for some open stores, only ten days away from opening - the cars probably belong to construction workers familiar with the center, and new associates beginning to learn the ropes.|
|A much more cleaned-up last view of the Five Below and Hobby Lobby - though I'm not a big fan of those wimpy tree things. They look too much like overgrown grass for my tastes! The landscaping treatment at the other big construction project in DeSoto County, the Tanger Outlets in Southaven, looks much better, in my opinion - I don't have a post up my sleeves for that, though. Maybe l_dawg2000 does? Or one of you?|
|One final shot from September 8th: as Olive Branch Crossing prepares to open, looks like a gas station will soon be joining it across Pleasant Hill! I feel bad for that church, these probably aren't the most welcome new neighbors...|
|For now, let's finish out the post with what we do know for certain! Here's an up-close view of the center from its left entrance, looking across at Five Below, Hobby Lobby, and Academy...|
|...and here's a reverse view, from just beyond the existing church (there's a dividing wall there, by the way - don't think I got a photo of that earlier).|
|Last but not least, a look at the road signage for Olive Branch Crossing, with room to grow! These last four pictures are on the blog courtesy showcase.com, and I'd hazard a guess that some more shots past opening will be making their way onto flickr at some point in the future ;)|
That's what's happening in Olive Branch... until next time, have fun exploring the retail world wherever you are!