COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Columbus is taking a unique approach to bring in more businesses with the Retail Coach.
Retail Recruitment Specialist Caroline Hearnsberger said the city hired the Retail Coach in November 2018 to recruit retailers and promote economic development.
She presented information to council members Tuesday about their progress on demographics and strategizing the best ways to attract retailers.
With several stores closing in recent years, Hearnsberger said she wants to fill up those old and empty spaces.
Retailers have already expressed interest in some vacant and soon to be vacant properties in the area.
Developers are also working to repair parts of Leigh Mall.