Plans to expand Maison Weiss to make room for an extension of the skincare and cosmetics section are already underway at Jackson’s Highland Village Shopping Center.
Plans to expand Maison Weiss to make room for an extension of the skincare and cosmetics section are already underway at Jackson’s Highland Village Shopping Center.
JACKSON - Shoppers from Madison and Ridgeland who venture into Northeast Jackson's Highland Village shopping center are in for a treat in coming months.

Construction is moving right along at the outdoor mini-mall, which is adding 2,600-square-foot of space for Red Square Clothing Company, remodeling Maison Weiss and expanding Tukoyz fashion jewelry store.

Property owner WS Development, the company based in Chestnut Hill, Mass. that has owned the property since 2012, also plans to give the red-brick facade a fresh coat of white paint and remodel to give the 223,000-square-foot shopping center a more "open" look.

The mall will soon welcome three new stores: Kate Spade New York, Red Square men's clothing and Lululemon Athletica.

WS Development Vice President of Development Louis Masiello said the opening of Whole Foods has been a game-changer for Highland Village, which has seen a sharp increase in shoppers since the grocer opened its doors in February.

That's certainly been the case for Buffalo Peak Outfitters, which has called Highland Village home since 1986.

One of the store's managers, Elizabeth Montambault said there's no doubt that the foot traffic has picked up around the mall since Whole Foods opened its doors.

"We've had more people in the Village and new people in the Village," she said. "We've had people that did not know where Highland Village was, and we've had a lot of out-of-towners."

Montambault said she thinks the planned improvement to the mall itself can only make it better.

"Whole Foods has been and will continue to be a good partner for the shopping center," she said, "and with all the new construction they have planned, I think it's going to give the mall a newer, more modern look, which will be great."

Another shop near the Whole Foods is The Early Settler, a gift shop that specializes in decorative accessories for the home with a touch of old-world elegance.

Early Settler owner Kaye Sellers, who also manages the store, said she has not seen a sharp up-tick in Kempergg.jpgbusiness since the Whole Foods opened, but can remember a couple of times that folks came in from out-of-town to visit the grocery and took the time to stop at her store, including one group of women from Meridian.

"I think when it first opened, people were excited to visit the Whole Foods," Sellers said. "Their business has done very well. It was very congested at first - probably for the first two weeks - but it's settled down a little bit, so the parking is fine. We're certainly excited to have them here."

Sellers said she's more excited about the planned improvements for the mall, which she thinks is already a beautiful setting for shopping.

"If they did nothing, I think people would still come," she said. "But I got a chance to see some plans on paper last week, and what they've planned to do - with the new paint colors, redoing the courtyard to make it more visiting-friendly and adding more area for children to play - is really going to give the mall a fresh, updated look."