Simpson Center Demolished

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It was rather slow going at times along North Highland Avenue in midtown Jackson, Tuesday afternoon. Not because of a wreck or construction, but because of the demolition of a Jackson landmark. The Simpson Center, one of Jackson’s oldest shopping centers was torn down, Tuesday. The center, which included the once popular Highland Park Grocery is being torn down to make way for a new CVS pharmacy. Those familiar with the midtown area, historically known as Hicksville, said it was bittersweet. “I used to shop at the grocery store there. I preferred their cakes and pastries over anybody elses,” said Vivian Yelverton, who lives and works in area. “They were so close. I could step out and be to the store and back home in 10 minutes to pick up something I needed.” The Simpson Center was built in the 1950s by area businessman, Harold Simpson and is believed to be the oldest shopping center in the Hub City. An opening date for the new CVS drug store has not been determined by the company.

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