Area's latest economic hotspot? Purvis

More than a dozen new businesses will soon be setting up shop in Purvis.

A six-acre lot on the corner of Highway 589 and U.S. 11 will soon be home to 50,000 to 80,000 square feet of retail space housing 15 to 18 businesses, including a well-known anchor store, officials tell 7 ON YOUR SIDE.

Plans are also in the works for a four-screen cinema.

The property's developer says while the town's 2,200 residents have been able to keep their small-town atmosphere with big-town access a secret, the word is finally getting out.

"We love Purvis, we love the people of Purvis, and it's good to bring this type of economic growth to Purvis," says Charles Nicolosi. "It brings tax dollars and sales tax dollars and you know to grow a city and grow a town, you have to have these things. These are the types of things that do that."

Nicolosi says an old stone house will remain on the property, after residents urged him to keep it because it's a local landmark.