February 16, 2017 11:06:32 AM
The former Southern Family Market location on Highway 45 next to K-Mart will soon have a new occupant.
The city inspection department has approved a temporary certificate of occupancy for a new Bargain Hunt in the location. Contractors have projected the store will be ready to open by the end of March.
This will be the second Bargain Hunt in the Golden Triangle, following the Starkville location's opening in January.
Meanwhile, in East Columbus, a new phone repair and accessory store has opened.
Kenny and Robin Shepherd own and operate Smartphone Doctor LLC in Starkville. On Jan. 24, a new store was opened at 923 Alabama St. in the Lehmberg Crossing shopping center.
Smartphone Doctor's first location opened in October 2014 to serve the smartphone needs of Mississippi State University students and Starkville residents.
"We live in the New Hope area," Robin said. "We chose to expand to East Columbus because we felt it was overlooked by many new businesses. We're excited to bring our services to Columbus, to help here as well as Starkville."
The new store and original Starkville location at 500 Russell St., No. 34, both endeavor to provide customers with the phones and accessories to match both their needs and wants. In addition to selling accessories, the store also offers phone repair, diagnosis and consultation services.
Steven Honnoll is the technician for the new store.
The Columbus location is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and the Starkville location is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Starkville's Main Street is getting a new treat store in the near future.
Pop Porium is a gourmet popcorn store owned by Rosa Dalomba that will open March 4.
The shop won't just offer popcorn, Dalomba will be offering gourmet sodas and snowballs featuring her homemade syrup. Although starting with 50 flavors of popcorn, Dalomba plans to evolve her business with the community. She aims to offer 100 different flavors of popcorn within the year as inspired by the designs and taste of customers.
Pop Porium will employ five, with hours from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
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