Revitalizing Murray’s Downtown

A group is pushing to revamp Murray’s downtown with its Downtown Market Saturdays this month.

There are seven lots available for redevelopment in the downtown court square, which had a rough year in 2014. Buildings in two of those lots collapsed last spring. In the summer, a fire caused buildings in five other lots to burn down.

Murray Main Street Program Director Deana Wright hopes Downtown Market Saturdays’ kickoff on May 16 will bring a lot of investors to help downtown bounce back.

“We have a small court square, and so these things that happen really affect everyone in the court square. And so we want to help those people continue their business because they are the community,” Wright said.

Wright said they’ve invited several investors to go May 16 that could become neighbors with businesses like Mugsy’s Hideout. Owner Jay Baron said he doesn’t mind having a little competition if it means more people.

“It was a special place, and it’s time. Let’s bring it back. Let’s have a reason for people to come down here,” Baron said.

Baron said he could see businesses like a grocery store, restaurant, fine shoe store, or a specialty shop. He said it’s important not to forget small business owners.

“We’ve got to get out and support local businesses and independent businesses. Remember, they’re the ones that invest into your community,” Baron said. “They’re the ones that people come knocking for donations and help schools and churches and things like that. Remember, the independent, that’s what we need.”

The ribbon cutting will be at 9:30 a.m., along with the farmer’s market, on May 16. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show any investors or anyone interested the lots available and what downtown Murray has to offer.

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