For those traveling down Highway 78, the bright orange exterior of Little Ceasars makes it hard to miss.
The fourth largest pizza chain in the United States is currently renovating the former site of The Office, a sports bar that went out of business several months ago.
Another fresh face among Jasper retailers is the second location of Jerry’s Music, which is located in the Jasper Mall. Fittingly, the store that sells guitars, drums, keyboards and other musical instruments on Nov. 1 moved into the space formerly ocupied by the Sound Shop, another store that sold guitars in addition to CDs, DVDs, books and novelty items.
The new music store’s proprietor, Jerry Norris, said the original Jerry’s Music at 1104 25th Street W. will remain open.
Next door to Jerry’s Music, renovators are preparing for the opening of The Children’s Place
Marsha Massey, the mall’s general manager, said the 4,500 square foot store is set to open this spring.
Another business that has made expansions in Jasper is Redbox, the movie rental company that started off with one kiosk located in the entrance way of Walmart closest to the store’s grocery section.
Recently, new Red box kiosks have sprung up inthe Kangaroo Express convenience store on Highway 78 and the shopping center where Winn-Dixie is located.
Jasper City Clerk Kathy Chambless said the new city businesses are expected to give a boost to the city’s sales tax revenue.
“It’s always exciting to get a new retail business,” Chambless said.
Since the beginning of October, she 32 new business licenses have been granted by the City of Jasper.
Unfortunately, for every new business opening, it seems there is a store or restaurant closing down.
Athletes Foot is one area business holding a going-out-of-business sale. In the same strip mall with Athletes Foot are abandoned store fronts that were recently the homes to thriving businesses, such as Quiznos restaurant.
In the mall where The Chidren’s Place is getting ready to open, Lorch Jewelers is holding a “bankruptcy” sale.
“It breaks my heart,” said Chambless about seeing shops shutting down in Jasper.