Dining & Shopping

A look at the total buying power of Jackson and the people who live in the 13 counties of its primary trade area puts Jackson in the top 100 retail markets in the country. The high level of retail sales indicates a high level of disposable and discretionary income allowed by a relatively low cost of living.

The dollar value of retail sales in Jackson/Madison County continues to grow at a rate faster than in the United States. Jackson owes much of that growth to people from the surrounding area who consider Jackson their retail center. Jackson’s primary trade area of 13 counties has an estimated population of nearly 400,000. 

West Tennessee shoppers flock to Jackson because they like the variety of retail stores that Jackson offers in its two million square feet of retail space. Many of those stores are found in one of the many shopping centers. Old Hickory Mall has more than 70 stores. It is the only enclosed mall between Nashville and Memphis.

From Mexican and Oriental restaurants to fine dining and down-home cooking, Jackson’s array of restaurants also brings people to town. Local specialties include pulled pork barbecue and catfish. Home grown entrepreneur Isaac Tigrett made Jackson’s barbecue world famous at the Hard Rock Cafes found in major cities.

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