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Hudson's reopens in Hattiesburg

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Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - A 60 year old company is bringing it's name and retail goods back to Hattiesburg.

Hudson's, which has provided the Hub City with name brand items at discount prices has opened up a new store off of Interstate 59 and is looking to expand even further in the future.

"It's something I always loved doing, providing deep discounts on name brand merchandise, giving real bargains."

For years, Senator Billy Hudson was at the fore front of his family's business Hudson's Salvage. A company he said, his father H.C. Hudson founded back in 1954 after his grocery store in Palmer's Crossing burned to the ground.

"This is the way my dad did it years ago."

For the last 15 years Billy Hudson Sr. has taken a back seat to the family business, to pursue county and state politics. Hudson siad,  now he's back to take on both of his passions.

 "It was a pretty long lay off but I am glad to be back because now I am doing both things that I love to do."

Hudson said, while the new store in Eatonville supplies the Pine Belt with discounted items, it also brings an additional 25 jobs to the area.

"We are opening a new, bigger store in Hattiesburg in the very near future and there will be 70 more new jobs."

The new wave of stores comes with 3 new partners, to bring back the original concept of Hudson's.

"Next we are looking  at Gulfport, Meridian, Picayune and who knows where else from there."

Saturday is the official grand opening.

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