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Growth continues at Hickory Ridge Mall

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - When a giant parade kicked off Hickory Ridge Mall's re-opening in April, mall officials promised new stores and development.

One of the first things shoppers notice currently at the mall is the construction for the new Incredible Pizza Company.

"We're targeting, as we said, an early fourth quarter opening," manager Jimmy Hailey said.


Just down the hall, a new Mexican restaurant, Rigo's Tacos, has just opened up. Other businesses and restaurants are quickly giving mall patrons places to eat and shop.

"I enjoy it," shopper Jean Hartz said. "It's safe, and I want everybody to know that its safe. There is no problem here."

And soon you'll also see government agencies like the CSA and the County Clerks offices opening up at the mall.  Hickory Ridge managers hope people will come for services and then stick around to eat and shop.

"This is not an endeavor to excel ourselves," Hailey said. 'As a business owner, it's an opportunity for us to serve with humility and give back to this community."

Perhaps no one is as happy as Clyde Tart. His Mr. Tart's Buffalo Wings was one of the first businesses to open up after the mall was renovated.  Tart was glad the number of businesses are increasing.

"This opportunity was great for us to be able to get out into this end of town and the people here have been really great for us," Tart said.

Large crowds are expected at the mall next weekend when the UniverSoul Circus visits town.

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