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Magnolia on the Move: August 15, 2023

Magnolia on the Move: August 15, 2023

By: Frank Corder - August 15, 2023

Spotlighting the people and businesses in Mississippi making headlines in their communities and across their industry.

Here’s a look at what’s happening across the workforce and business community in Mississippi.

Buc-ee’s to break ground on first Mississippi location

Buc-ee’s will break ground on its new travel center in Harrison County, Mississippi, on September 13th – the first in Mississippi.

Located at I-10 and Menge Avenue, Buc-ee’s Harrison County will occupy 74,000 square feet and offer 120 fueling positions and 24 EV charging stations. Buc-ee’s favorites including Texas barbeque, homemade fudge, kolaches, Beaver Nuggets, jerky and fresh pastries will all be available.

The company says visitors will find thousands of snack, meal and drink options, as well as the same award-winning restrooms, cheap gas, quality products and excellent service that have won the hearts, trust and business of millions in the South for over 40 years.

Founded in Texas in 1982, Buc-ee’s operates 46 stores across Texas and the South. Since beginning its multi-state expansion in 2019, Buc-ee’s has opened travel centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Now, Buc-ee’s is headed West with store groundbreakings in Colorado and Missouri. 

Bollinger moves New Orleans operations to Pascagoula

Bollinger Shipyard’s New Orleans shipyard operations known as Algiers Point recently announced that it was closing its Louisiana location and moving its operations to Pascagoula on the Mississippi Coast.

(Photo from Bollinger’s Facebook page)

The Pascagoula facility has deepwater access to the Gulf as well as corporate office space, engineering, fabrication, warehousing, and a foreign trade zone. 

Jobs at the New Orleans shipyard will be relocated to the company’s other 13 facilities.

Last year, Bollinger acquired VT Halter Marine which expanded its operations and production outlook. The Pascagoula yard constructs Coast Guard and Navy vessels. The company also acquired a large repair yard.

Old Margaritaville Casino sold in Biloxi

The old Margaritaville Casino site which has been vacate in Biloxi for eight years has been sold to MIC. The company is owned by Harry Mohney and has locations in Michigan and Las Vegas.

According to a report from WLOX, the company will develop 11 different venues to include “bars, restaurants, live music, activities like axe throwing, and outdoor rentals like jet skis.”

The company told WLOX that a casino will not be part of the new development.

Ole Miss to Host 2nd Annual Family Business Symposium

Early bird registration is open for The University of Mississippi’s 2nd annual It’s All Relative Family Business Symposium September 14-15 at the Sheraton Flowood Refuge Hotel & Conference Center.

Hosted by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), this open forum is designed for business leaders, family business owners and employees to express concerns for longevity in their family-owned businesses.

As a part of the Legacy Leadership program, the CIE Family Business Symposium welcomes family businesses from an array of industries. These businesses come together to discuss concerns and solutions to the business challenges they face and hear from knowledgeable business leaders on how to continue growing their businesses for generations to come.

Early bird registration is available here until August 18. 


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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: