Outdoor retailer next tenant named for Augusta shopping center

A Charleston, S.C.-based outdoor retailer is the latest tenant announced for the under-development Washington Crossing shopping center.

Half-Moon Outfitters, a carrier of outdoor apparel, gear and equipment, is opening the company’s ninth store in the center at Washington Road and Interstate 20. The 7,500-square-foot store will include an outdoor courtyard area and 12-by-24-foot rock climbing wall, designed for all skill levels and for teaching children about recreational climbing.

The store will focus on providing goods and services for adventure and travel needs. Half-Moon carries gear for kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, surfing and other activities, and it offers brand apparel from North Face, Patagonia, Chaco Sandals and Mountain Hardwear.

Half-Moon Operations Manager Polly Dickson said about 12 employees will be at the Augusta store when it opens this fall. The company, which first opened a store in downtown Charleston in 1993, will use “green” building features in the design, including daylight harvesting, chemical-free paints, and sustainable and regional materials.

The Augusta store is part of the company’s campaign to strengthen its foothold in Georgia and the Southeast, said owner Beezer Molten.

Half-Moon is also expanding its Athens, Ga., store to a larger, vacant location near the city’s downtown.

“We intend to grow, but only in places where our addition is a gift to the community and where the new store can sustainably and artfully be added to our mix,” Molten said. “We will never cookie-cut and are determined to make each store an expression of the natural and social environment in which they are built.”

There are three Half-Moon stores in Georgia and five in South Carolina. Half-Moon is the fifth retailer or restaurant chain since last summer to announce plans of opening in the 175,000-square-foot center, now undergoing a major redesign. Natural and organic foods chain Whole Foods, DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), HomeGoods and Jason’s Deli – taking up a combined 103,800 square feet – also are set to open in the center this fall.

The shopping center, which already has Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Verizon Wireless, was purchased last October by metro Atlanta-based commercial real estate development firm S.J. Collins Enterprises.

The site is in the midst of construction and will bring new retail and green space in addition to 150 more parking spaces, according to developers.

Half-Moon follows Cabela’s and Gander Mountain as the third outdoors store to locate recently in the metro area. Cabela’s opened in March in the Village at Riverwatch development, and Gander Mountain is under construction and scheduled to open this fall in Columbia County.

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