Black Mold Displaces Businesses
By Dawn Russell
At least one suite in a shopping and business complex in Flowood has shut its
doors because of mold. Some people who still work there are worried about the
If you shop at the Cavalier Shoppe, you're out of luck for now. The clothing
store, which is located in a shopping and business complex off Lakeland Drive,
has closed it's doors because of a mold problem. The owner says the mold was
caused by a leak in the roof.
Some employees who work at other businesses here want to know if they could
Lashelle Williams, who works in one of the suites nearby, says "Since
I'm expecting a baby, I am concerned. I was having a lot of problems."
Williams says a few months ago the Community Bank branch in the same complex
evacuated the building and moved down the street.
Williams says, "I saw them in full suits throwing everything away. We
asked what was going on. They said they couldn't say and didn't know what it
A spokesperson for Community Bank says they moved out because an environmental
company detected mold in their office. That's why Williams wants to know if
it's safe for her to work here in the same building.
Williams says, "I was just wondering what was going on since everyone
was getting sick down there."
Duckworth Realty owns and manages this property. Ted Duckworth says they have
tested the building for mold. He says the initial report shows that there is
no reason to move out or close. However, they are still waiting for the final
In the meantime Fred Conserdine says his business, Cookies by Design, which
is a few doors down from the Cavalier Shoppe will not close, because there is
not a mold problem there.
Conserdine says, "We're a national chain. We're guarded by the health
department and the franchise. Everybody has checked us out. We're good to go."
But according to a sign on the door written by the owner of the Cavalier Shoppe,
Mike Caples, his store won't be good to go until the problem is resolved. He
says the store will re-open once the landlord, Duckworth Realty, fixes the damage...which
he hopes is sooner rather than later.
The Cavalier Shoppe has been in business at the Lakeland Drive location for
more than 7 years. The store owner says he will take care of all gift certificates,
returns or other issues as soon as the store re-opens.
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