HomeMississippiOpening of the historic Gulfport shopping center and expansion of the train museum
Opening of the historic Gulfport shopping center and expansion of the train museum
November 1, 2022
The hurricane and challenges in the supply chain have delayed and now the Mississippi Antique Galleria in Gulfport is ready to open in time for Christmas shopping.
Phase I of the sprawling 1909 East Pass Road in Gulfport will open in late November or early December, said owner Jourdan Nicaud, who had to deal with a hurricane-damaged roof and power supply difficulties.
The debut will bring what will be the largest indoor mall in Mississippi and a different shopping experience.
“There are 50,000 square feet in Phase I,” he said, and another 30,000 square feet will open in Phase II.
To make the most of the large outdoor space, monthly events and flea markets are planned when the weather permits, he said.
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Buyers will enter the hall and checkout area of the gallery. There, for the first time, they will see the antique chandeliers that hang throughout the building. Awnings of different colors create the Main Street look and run along the corridor.
Each awning will mark the site of a different store, Nicaud said.
Five 8,000-square-foot rooms open onto a corridor, providing more display space and new areas for buyers to explore.
He said the plan is to open the first part of the main street and two interconnecting rooms, providing space for 80 vendors.
“We’ll finally have 400,” he said when Phase II opens and the mall is filled with sellers, antiques and collectibles.
Applications are open to a tenant from a reseller that is held month by month. Those interested can join the gallery or submit an online application.
Cost starts at $ 195 per month and 10% of sales.
Nicaud said sellers will have access to the market’s website and software, allowing them to upload photos of the products displayed at their booths. Buyers will be able to go in and buy the item in person or order it online, and the market will take care of the sale and shipping.
$ 7 million train layout plans
Less than three miles west on the Pass Road of the Mississippi Antiques Galleria are two other major attractions that attract people – the Mississippi Model Railroad Museum and the Mississippi Aviation Museum.
Plans to expand the $ 7-10 million Railway Museum at 615 Pass Road will be unveiled on Thursday, making it the largest model railroad museum in the country when completed. The 50,000 square foot attraction will create 28 jobs next year.
Visitors will be able to take a tour of the Coast in miniature – noting the Biloxi Lighthouse and other landmarks along the way – and learn about the history of South Mississippi’s trains. Hands-on and STEM activities are also planned to show train enthusiasts how to create their own displays.
The current museum on 522 Pass Road hosts one of the largest Christmas light shows on the coast from the day after Thanksgiving to New Years Eve. It also has one of the largest Lego railroad exhibitions in Mississippi, over 80 model trains, and several trains to run.
Very close to the train museum, the Aviation Museum at 429 Pass Road honors Mississippi’s aviation heritage and has several planes among its many exhibits.
The combination of the three is expected to help revive Pass Road and attract more tourists and businesses.
This story was originally published November 1, 2022 10:24 AM.
Mary Perez has won awards for business and casino items for the Sun Herald. He also writes about Biloxi, the work and the new restaurants and developments that are appearing on the Coast. She is a fourth generation journalist.