TYLERTOWN — Newly elected Alderman Fred Magee Jr. sees one big immediate need in town.
“We’ve only got one grocery store in town,” Magee said Wednesday after his election victory. We had Piggly Wiggly and Sunflower, and the Sunflower is gone. We need another grocery store.”
The closure of the Sunflower left a large, vacant building in the middle of downtown Tylertown, which the board of supervisors has explored buying to turn into a courthouse annex.
Magee would rather see more effort put into recruiting another grocery store to occupy the building.
After Hurricane Ida, “the Piggly Wiggly was hit hard. They had a run, and it was empty,” Magee said. “We have a crisis on food stores. If one will move to Tylertown, we’ll take it. I’m willing to meet with anybody. Call and let’s talk, so we can get a grocery store.”
Magee said he hopes to carry on in his predecessor Carolyn Magee’s footsteps of looking out for Ward 4 and addressing blight. “Those are things we need to work on as a board,” he said.
He said he also wants to show more appreciation for first responders and public works employees.
“It’s a blessing we haven’t had any workers in the police department or public works out with COVID,” he said. “After Ida, they’ve all been out working hard to clean up the town.”
Magee said he appreciates the support of his voters and the grace and congratulations offered by his opponents. “At the end of the day, we all live in Ward 4 together,” he said.