Racking up and raising the curtain at Edgewater Mall

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Safely reopening has been the name of the game at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi as retailers cautiously and responsibly continue to open their doors to shoppers.

They weren’t dancing in the street, but shoppers were hitting their stride at Edgewater Mall Tuesday. While they’re still preparing for the July 4th Holiday Weekend, Mall Manager Terry Powell says retailers have already been ringing in plenty of sales since opening May 5th. “Sales have been very brisk. We’ve been very pleased with the sales so far.”

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They’re also setting the stage for a projected grand Independence Day Weekend opening. The curtain is set to rise at Biloxi’s Lux Premiere Cinema at Edgewater Mall on Friday, July 3rd. Powell says to expect a popular line-up of theatrical thrillers opening day, alongside additional safety measures in the wake of COVID-19.

Biloxi Spokesman Vincent Creel credits the theater for slightly delaying the initial opening date due to the threat of the virus. “This decision by the theater shows a couple things. Number one that the threat is still out there and they recognize that. Number two, they are going to make sure that theater is the safest place you want to be. This is an indication of how responsible they are, and we feel the same way about Edgewater Mall.”

Good news for those who are worked up and wondering when Bath and Body Works will reopen. Come Friday, when the store reopens, the customers are sure to be pouring in. “This has probably been one of the biggest, as far as phone calls go. Bath and Body Works, it’s always popular, but people have gone without it for so long, so we’re really excited about it,” said Powell.

Whether you’re a buyer, a seller, or a movie buff, Powell believes retail therapy is good for everyone. “The more people we have working, the more people we have in the tax base,  the better it is for everybody in the end.”

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: tmiles@wxxv25.com. These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams (pwilliams@wxxv25.com) will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!

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