SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Donnie Postell is ready to open up his second meat market, and he has his eyes set on Smithville.
"We prayed about it, and we just felt like it was the place to come," Postell said.
His first store is in Hamilton, Alabama, and that's where he met Smithville Alderman Jimmy Dabbs, who he enlisted to help get things started.
"My emphasis is on getting this town back [and] getting what we need," Dabbs said.
The market is scheduled to be completed within the next few months.
People around town said they are very excited to see it open.
"For two and a half years, anytime I wanted produce or meat, I would have to drive to Amory to Walmart or to Fulton to Walmart," Smithville resident Holly Cooley said.
Alderman Dabbs said the town also has a Dollar General that people use for many of their groceries, but it does not include fresh meat and produce like Postell's market will.
Dabbs said the two stores will supplement one another.
"Everybody's going to work together in this town because that's really the only way you can do it," Dabbs said.
Cooley said there is more to the market than just meat.
She said it symbolizes yet another step Smithville is taking to get back on its feet since a tornado hit the town in April 2011.
"Things are finally looking better for Smithville," Cooley said. "We've been through a really dark time for awhile."
Postell said the town has been welcoming him with open arms.
"It's really encouraging and a blessing just to talk to them and see them come around wanting to know if they can do anything to help you," Postell said.
Postell said he will consider the people of Smithville to not only be his customers but his neighbors as well.