Jackson Chamber says statewide economic growth also seen in Hub City
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Business is booming in Tennessee, according to a new economic report out Tuesday. The state said it recorded more than 8,000 new business filings during the second quarter of 2015. Customers checked out Tuesday at Grubb‘s Grocery, one of several new businesses in Jackson. Owner Chris Felder opened the all-natural food store in mid-June. “Business has been really good from day one,” Felder said. “It’s all been word of mouth.” According to a new state economic report, Tennessee recorded 8,317 new business filings during the second quarter of 2015, a nearly 10 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. “If you’re looking for a job in the industrial setting here and you don’t have one, it’s your own fault,” Jackson Chamber President/CEO Kyle Spurgeon said. The state said Davidson County led the way with 1,471 new filings. Shelby County followed with 1,096 filings. Spurgeon said Jackson is also growing. “More and more people travel I-40 to go to Nashville,” he said. “They’re stopping in Jackson, and that’s good for our economy.” Felder said business is good at Grubb‘s Grocery and projections are strong. “Every day, customers come in that are thankful that we’re here, that they don’t have to drive to Nashville or Memphis to get these products,” he said. Felder said the store created 13 new jobs. The Jackson Chamber reported 736 new direct jobs created by local manufacturers and distributors in 2014 but said that is a conservative number because people are not required to report.