Business is booming in the Friendly City. New companies are setting up shop to give Petal residents more options.
The area along the Evelyn Gandy Parkway is seeing rapid growth. The Summit Shopping Center is moving in several retail stores.
The Tyner Boulevard Extension will soon be home to Java Moe's. Zaxby's will begin construction in October, and McAlister's Deli is coming soon.
"When I first took office about seven years ago, our sales tax for the year was around $2.1 million dollars, this year it's going to be over $2.5 million dollars," Petal Mayor Hal Marx said. "So that's a pretty substantial increase of about 20 percent or so increase in our sales tax over the last few years, so there's a lot of growth going on, a lot of people want to be a part of the city of Petal, want to be a part of the Petal community and it's just looking good for us right now."
There is residential growth as well in Petal with about 90 homes under construction in the Trailwood subdivision and other subdivisions are also in the works.