New warehouse to create hundreds of jobs in north Mississippi

HERNANDO, Miss. — A massive new warehouse under construction in Hernando, Mississippi, has many excited, but others are not very happy.

Associated Wholesale Grocers is supposed to create hundreds of new jobs when its warehouse opens in 2023.

But some neighbors are concerned about the traffic.

Emily Davis lives just down the road from where the 1.2 million square foot warehouse is going in.

“It’s going to cause a lot of traffic, and it’s already congested all through here,” Davis said. “It’s bad in the mornings, and it’s bad in the afternoons. With a two-lane road, it will be even worse.”

According to Hernando city leaders and county leaders, a new traffic light is being put in at the intersection in front of Associated Wholesale Grocers. Plans are also to add a traffic light at Green T and Highway 51 and widen shoulders there.

“Maybe with the widening of the lanes but not the stoplights. I still don’t think it is going to help with traffic,” said Davis. “It will bring more jobs but it’s not going to help the traffic.”

Jericho Wilbourne says folks around here definitely need to focus on the 500 plus jobs it’s bringing.

“Man, I don’t even know why they upset, man,” he said. “But to me, I look at it like this - down here in Mississippi, we need some good construction. Like all the other places have some good construction.”