JACKSON — Several local organizations partnered on the planning of a new multi-tenant commercial building, Jackson Crossing Retail Center, and broke ground on the site Monday.

Jackson Economic Development Corporation (JEDC) purchased land in 2014 with the intent to stimulate the area's retail economy.

"Since then, JEDC has been trying to develop retail business to the area," said Tom Nelson, community and business development specialist with the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) in Jackson.

Nelson explained that the Jackson community has been pushing this project hard the last couple of years. By having multiple tenants go in on a building, everyone can have lower construction costs, so it was really important to get multiple businesses on board.

Early on in the process, Nelson said, Jackson Subway expressed interest in moving into the new location, near the southeast corner of Interstate 90 and U.S. 71. Subway franchise owners wanted a drive-thru, and there's no way to make that happen in the current location. Relocating to Jackson Crossing will also give the restaurant more visibility to highway traffic and the business community.

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"For a number of years, the city of Jackson has had potential development out there," said JEDC President Scott Reimer, adding that the area is where development is likely to happen as Jackson grows.

With Subway an anchor on one end of the five-unit development, the other anchor will be a Cabin Coffee franchise, new to the Jackson community. Cabin Coffee offers a gamut of espresso, flavored coffees, cold drinks and breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

The middle three spaces are available for sale or lease.

"Jackson is blessed with with a lot of good manufacturing jobs," Reimer said.

When it's finished, Jackson Crossing Retail Center will hopefully serve those who come to the community to work and draw more people to live in town.

Tri-State Contracting has been selected to complete construction of the project, and has chosen several local sub-contractors. Work is expected to be complete in early 2022, with businesses planned to open in March.