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Lease agreement inked with bakery distributor
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 07, 2013 | 40 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alcorn County has inked a lease agreement with a bakery distributor to occupy the county-owned building formerly occupied by Final Touch.

Flowers Baking Co. of Tuscaloosa, LLC currently uses another facility in Corinth for a distribution point and will move to the South Harper Road building, which is expected to be used for distribution as well as retail space in the front of the building, according to county officials.

The county is doing some limited retrofitting of the building now. Attorney Bill Davis said completion is expected around Nov. 29 with the tenant moving in shortly after.

Flowers Foods acquired Hostess bread assets in July and, in late September, announced that it is beginning to return four bread brands, including Wonder bread, to store shelves. The brands have been off the market since the Hostess bankruptcy.

The seven-year contract gets a paying tenant into a building that has been costing the county money for some time. Final Touch fell behind on its payments, and the county terminated the agreement and took the business to court. The county’s motion for summary judgment in the case is pending in circuit court.

Alcorn county pays $2,600 monthly on a loan that helped secure the building for Final Touch, whose forerunner was Colonial Design on Mississippi Highway 2 in Kossuth. Officials said the business owes more than $100,000 in delinquent lease payments to the county.

Alliance President Gary Chandler said Flowers began seeking a larger space in the community earlier this year.

“They don’t produce products in our community, but they have a distribution point presence that distributes to local grocers in our region,” he said.

Officials were not certain if any new employees would be hired.

Board President Lowell Hinton said it’s a good deal for Alcorn County.

Flowers Foods is based in Thomasville, Ga.
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