There’s exciting news for shoppers in Starkville, as construction has begun on a brand new mall featuring well-known trading businesses.
Triangle Crossing, developed by Rise Partners and Castle Properties, plans to house nine new shopping options. The retail, grocery and service center is expected to span 95,000 square feet and is an early upgrade of choices for the Starkville community.
Rise and Castle purchased the property from Garan in 2018. Garan plans to move to the industrial district, which Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill describes as “a perfect fit.”
After the initial purchase in 2018, construction is finally underway near the intersection of Highway 12 and Industrial Park Road. Highway 12 is one of the most commercial areas of Starkville and is a shopping and business mecca. The intersection chosen for construction is close to other shopping centers such as Walmart, Kroger and several other local stores and restaurants.
This project will include Marshall’s, Ulta Beauty Supply, Sports Clips, Aspen Dental, Rack Room Shoes, Five Below, Aldi Grocery and PetSmart. Spruill said these popular stores will be an exciting addition to Starkville.
“The new retail will be a tremendous benefit to shopping opportunities along Highway 12 as it expands options and allows our residents to stay in town to shop, while attracting those from surrounding areas to shopping in Starkville,” Spruill said.
The mayor explained the benefits she expects to see once construction is complete.
“I fully expect further growth to occur over time and with other initiatives underway,” Spruill said. “Our new sports tournament facility will, I believe, attract hotels and more development to the western part of the city as the east expands because of the added value of being close to campus and the magic that the excitement of athletics fosters.”
Starkville residents said this type of growth was something the community had anticipated. Starkville previously focused on local business growth rather than commercial growth. However, with Triangle Crossing, Starkville announced the construction of a Chipotle and launched similar projects such as Smoothie King and Academy Sports and Outdoors. These types of expansions promote benefits in many areas of the Starkville community.
Starkville native Grant Peterson, a sophomore at Mississippi State University, expressed his excitement for the new mall.
“My family actually lives in Green Oaks, which is right across from where they’re building the new stores, so it would be pretty convenient and cool to have different options available,” Peterson said. “I also enjoy bringing in new businesses as Starkville grows, even though the pandemic is putting many businesses in trouble.”
Peterson also predicts a problem with the center’s location. Although convenient for his family, it is far from the MSU campus.
“The placement of the new mall is inconvenient for most students, which alienates a significant portion of the Starkville-area customer base,” Peterson said.
Students unfamiliar with Starkville share the same excitement despite the location’s distance from campus.
“I’m especially excited for Five Below because it’s one of my mom’s favorite stores,” said Josh Cohran, a freshman at MSU from Byram, Mississippi.
Cohran said the new improvements to this community will hopefully encourage family members to visit their children. He agreed with Mayor Spruill and said he thought the more rural surrounding areas around Starkville would likely benefit as much as the residents.
With an increase in the tourism industry due to MSU’s recent baseball national championship victory, the city can now support visiting family, friends and sports teams with developments like Triangle Crossing. New stores and renamed businesses are a way for the community to attract new residents in addition to travelers.