The city of Manning’s new Retail Development Initiative got its first big win Monday as a Birmingham, Alabama-based national sports retailer announced intentions to open a store on Capital Way.
Hibbett Sports has more than 1,000 stores in 34 states, and will open its newest location in Manning in early 2017.
“This is a great find for the city of Manning. We are proud that our retail development initiative has started to provide results.”
~ Mayor Julia Nelson
The city started the initiative earlier this year with the hiring of Retail Strategies sister company Retail Academy, also based in Birmingham.
Retail Academy, which specializes in retail education for rural communities, recently won the NADO National Innovation Award with the Tennessee Development Districts.
Earlier this year Retail Academy interviewed Mayor Julia Nelson and Councilman Clayton Pack of Manning, SC at the Retail Strategies booth during ICSC RECon 2016 in Las Vegas. During the interview they discuss how working with Retail Academy focused their efforts leading to an almost immediate success.