From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Is Augusta Mall siphoning retailers from Villages?

They said there would be a construction delay, and they weren’t kidding.

he MGHerring Group, of Dallas, the developers of the massive Villages at Riverwatch shopping center project at the southeast corner of River Watch Parkway and Interstate 20, said last month that they would delay the project six to nine months to study ways to “enhance” the 800,000-square-foot shopping center to a mixed-use ( less retail) concept.

True to their word, the gates to the 170-acre site have been closed for weeks.

With a similarly huge “lifestyle center” retail project under way at Augusta Mall, it’s obvious the Village at Riverwatch developers are facing a retail tenant shortage. So when (or if) the project moves forward later this year or early next year, you can expect to see fewer stores and more hotels and restaurants built around the Dillard’s and Belk-anchored shopping center.

Long before the Texas developers got a hold of the property, the land was marketed as a high-end office park called River Shoals (this is why the Comcast and Delta Air Lines offices line its eastern entrance). If the hunt for retail doesn’t improve, the Villages at Riverwalk may end up being more like a place where people work than shop.

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polaris1400
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polaris1400 04/21/07 - 10:43 pm
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Surely Augusta is large

Surely Augusta is large enough and diverse enough for us to be able to attract many other retailers. Look at all the ones we lack like Pottery Barn, IKEA, Restoration Hardware, the Home Goods Store, etc. Both projects would benefit by sharing the wealth and keeping Augusta dollars here instead of Atlanta and Columbia.

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HillGuy 04/22/07 - 05:49 pm
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I like the idea much more of

I like the idea much more of a true "Mixed Use Development" then what essentially sounds like nothing but a souped up strip mall. I would prefer if these projects went downtown, but I understand it is sometimes easier to build on one big space than having to buyt property piecemeal in downtown. Nonetheless, Augusta needs to get used to more dense, mixed use developments then the typical sprawl it has been so accustomed for decades.

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HillGuy 04/22/07 - 05:52 pm
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It would have been nice if

It would have been nice if the Villages actually attracted "New" retailers to the area.. sorry but another Belk and Dillards doesn't exactly excite me. An Ikea would be great, but Augusta is not a big enough market for them, though I think Augusta is more than overdue a Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and a Nordstrom would be icing on the cake.

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moneyman1035 04/23/07 - 08:35 am
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True we need a Pottery Barn

True we need a Pottery Barn and even a Hobby Lobby would be nice.

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 04/23/07 - 10:58 am
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I have the feeling we won't

I have the feeling we won't really see the completion of this Villages project after all. Have you noticed that when projects stop for "more studies" they stop forever in Augusta? (Example: old J W WHite building on Broad 8 years ago)It's a shame too...it could have been nice if done in the right way. And it wasn't to be another Dillard's...the store in National Hills would have closed and moved to the new location, leaving a big gap in National Hills Shopping Center.

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scob 04/23/07 - 12:18 pm
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I also think we could use a

I also think we could use a Apple store and maybe a Dell outlet store. I have seen A LOT to Apple users in Augusta. (If you use an iPod your a Apple user.) If Richmond Co won't consider this maybe Columbia Co. ??

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Marlboros Dead 04/23/07 - 12:35 pm
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That's a shame to hear about

That's a shame to hear about a delay in this project. Those of us across the river would like to have a large shopping and entertainment area that's not so far to drive to. We were looking forward to a quick trip down 1-20 from exit 1 or exit 5, rather than that long tour via the interstate and bobby jones.

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numbers 04/24/07 - 11:40 pm
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Where's the public outcry

Where's the public outcry that an out-of-town developer clear-cuts our greenspace, and subsequently quits the project mid-stream? Who misrepresented their preparedness or committment level on this deal? If memory serves, former mayor Charles DeVaney was one of the first to publicly question this developer's motives and plans for our sacred Riverwatch greenspace. We were promised a truly high-end mixed-use development not another lame strip mall. The space should meet the criteria of "smart growth". City planners should be lobbying VERY HARD for an active, walkable community of retail, lodging, dining, greenspace parks, and working facilities. Pressure's on.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 04/27/07 - 01:08 am
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Man, too bad they didn't do

Man, too bad they didn't do their homework before all the beautiful trees were cut down.

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05/13/07 - 09:51 pm
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I am still hoping for

I am still hoping for Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano's, PF Chang, and some other high-end chain restaurants. Bonefish was a nice addition, but it is so overcrowded because Augustans are "starving" for nice places to go out to eat. As for retail stores - thank goodness for White House/Black Market coming here and saving us all the trip to Charlotte or ATL. Let's keep em' coming with Banana Republic, Limited (why did they leave in the first place?), Pottery Barn, Home Goods, J.Crew, Forever XII, Brooks Brothers, bebe, and Aldo just to name a few. Too bad someone can't take over and make that place an outlet mall and let the retail stores mentioned above go to Aug Mall! ~JMD PS - Why does Macon and Savannah have better shopping and dining than Augusta?!?! I thought Augusta was the 2nd largest city in GA. STEP IT UP, AUGUSTA!!!

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05/27/07 - 01:37 am
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if i was mayor of Augusta ,

if i was mayor of Augusta , this city would have to wait for stores like COACH and White House Black Market that Atlanta & Savannah have (Savannah doesn't have a COACH),but Augusta would be a retail center like Greenville,Atlanta,Charltte just a few cities to name.thanks goodness J.JILL is coming to the mall.too bad that Bakers and Bombay closed but look on the bright side,we have a Nine West and hopefully some place like Pottery Barn or Z Gallerie will replace Bombay.HERE'S WHO I THINK WILL COME TO THE MALL because i got a brochure that said it will have 2 or 3 new restaurants and 40 new stores: 1 Aldo 2 Arden B 3Apple 4 BCBG MaxAzria 5 Brighton 6 bebe 7 Bakers (makes a return) 8 Brooks Brothers 9 Brookstone 10 Banana Republic 11 Coach 12 Coldwater Creek 13 Crabtree & Evelyn 14 The Cheesecake Factory 15 dELia's 16 Discovery Channel Store 17 Francesca's Collection's 18 Fleming's Steakhouse 19 Guess? 20 Godiva 21 Hollister 22 Illumination's 23 J.Crew 24 J.Jill 25 Johnny Rocket's 26 Lucky Brand Jeans 27 Mimi Maternity 28 Chico's 29 Origins 30 P.F.Chang's 31 The Sharper Image 32 Select Comfort 33 Swoozie's 34 Torrid 35 United Colors of Benneton 36 Tommy Bahama 37 Janie and Jack 38 Aerosoles 39 Aveda 40 The Body Shop (bath & beauty)

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05/27/07 - 10:27 am
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AND WILLIAMS-SONOMA

AND WILLIAMS-SONOMA

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gordonmusic 05/29/07 - 04:55 pm
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I'd encourage more locally

I'd encourage more locally owned and operated stores

like Soul Bar, White Elephant, FrenchMarketGrille/West/Express, etc....

and I'd want to see more bookstores, coffeeshops, and [of course] wine/cheese/bread markets around the city.

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05/31/07 - 11:40 am
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seems like it because so far

seems like it because so far Coach,Chico's,Coldwater Creek,Williams-Sonoma,J.Jill,Banana Republic,and Dicks Sporting Goods are coming to the mall.thank goodness!

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05/31/07 - 12:04 pm
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oops I forgot White House

oops I forgot White House Black Market

born_n_raised_n_aug
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born_n_raised_n_aug 06/06/07 - 11:49 pm
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when are they scheduled to

when are they scheduled to finish?

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galaxygrl 06/07/07 - 12:15 am
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The mall is scheduled to be

The mall is scheduled to be completed around the time Santa comes this fall. Charlotte Russe, PF Chang,Barnes and Noble are rumored to be coming. Ann Taylor Loft will have a new store, too.

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06/09/07 - 01:26 pm
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november 8th

november 8th

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06/13/07 - 01:26 pm
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im glad that P.F.Chang's is

im glad that P.F.Chang's is coming to the mall.I heard that the food is good there.Augusta needs more restaurants like Chang's.People won't have to go to Atlanta or Greenville to eat at P.F.Chang's.Augusta will catch up with Atlanta,Savannah,Greenville,Columbia,Charleston,& Charlotte in retail wise.Sure Savannah & Columbia is getting a Ruth Chris Steakhouse but Augusta is stores and restaurants that are exclusive in Georgia outside of Atlanta like Coach,Williams-Sonoma,J.Jill,and more.

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michelle84 06/13/07 - 10:06 pm
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I hope P.F. Chang's will

I hope P.F. Chang's will bring their Rock N' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to Augusta. I'm looking forward to participating in the one that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona in January 2008.

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laurencfay 06/14/07 - 04:44 pm
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please, oh, please Sephora,

please, oh, please Sephora, come to augusta!!!!!

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06/22/07 - 09:30 am
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more stores coming but

more stores coming but here's the list that are coming to the mall: Ann Taylor Loft Banana Republic Barnes & Noble Chico's The Chop House Coach Coldwater Creek Dick's Sporting Goods J.Jill McAlister's Deli P.F.Chang's China Bistro Select Comfort The Walking Company White House Black Market Williams-Sonoma

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06/22/07 - 09:32 am
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and there's plan that a

and there's plan that a hotel might come to the mall

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pibb_zero 11/28/07 - 12:03 pm
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they could put a Sears

they could put a Sears Grand, Cosco, Super Target, BJs Wearhouse, Fred Meyers for ones that don't know Fred Meyers is a super center own by Kroger, Fry's also it's bigger than BestBuy,Meijer you can write and email store and sometimes they will come i email for Walgreens to re open here and a year later they did and reply back this link is a sight with top stores across usa http://www.sundaysaver.com/ write them tell the Augusta wants them here to not just Atlanta

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pibb_zero 11/28/07 - 12:22 pm
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this link will take you to

this link will take you to there email sight to email MGHerring Group tell them we need a Super Target, Fry's, Cosco we need store we don't have and lacking in i push for Super Target the only ones near here are around Atlanta area http://www.herringgroup.com/Contact/ContactUsForm/tabid/310/Default.aspx

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pibb_zero 11/28/07 - 12:29 pm
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they could put a Sears

they could put a Sears Grand, Cosco, Super Target, BJs Wearhouse, Fred Meyers for ones that don't know Fred Meyers is a super center own by Kroger, Fry's also it's bigger than BestBuy,Meijer you can write and email store and sometimes they will come i email for Walgreens to re open here and a year later they did and reply back this link is a sight with top stores across usa http://www.sundaysaver.com/ write them tell the Augusta wants them here to not just Atlanta this link will take you to there email sight to email MGHerring Group tell them we need a Super Target, Fry's, Cosco we need store we don't have and lacking in i push for Super Target the only ones near here are around Atlanta area get people to write them it will help http://www.herringgroup.com/Contact/ContactUsForm/tabid/310/Default.aspx

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