Company’s growth is a sign of commitment

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 21, 2000

Even Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove admits the state is seeing a slowdown in economic growth. That’s not bad news, he reassured the members of the Natchez-Adams Chamber of Commerce on Thursday as he talked about making a fiscally responsible budget for the 2001 fiscal year — one that reflects the modest 3.7 percent growth predicted for next year.

And, it’s a reality that reflects the nation’s economy and the slowdown long-touted by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

In fact, the economic slowdown isn’t really news … it’s a reality that even President-elect George W. Bush must face.

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Yet, even amid the modest growth, there is growth.

And here in the Miss-Lou, we saw evidence of that growth just this week, as Natchez-based Supermarket Operations Inc. expanded its presence in Louisiana with the purchase of the Vidalia Sack ‘n’ Save store.

The family owned and operated company, which began with one store and a man’s vision, already owns four stores in Natchez and Ferriday; one in Ball, La.; and one in Oakdale, La. The addition of the Vidalia store – which was auctioned as part of a large group by the bankrupt Jitney Jungle – is a win-win for the company and the community. By expanding its presence, Supermarket Operations grows and Vidalians gain the benefit of a locally owned and operated store whose parent company believes in community involvement.

Supermarket Operations’ success story is one of sustained growth, solid vision and a commitment to the community and its business.

More important, it’s a reassurance that locally owned business can survive – even thrive and grow – in today’s economy.