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PeachMac closes Evans store

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 5:27 PM
Last updated 6:57 PM
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PeachMac, the regional Apple product retailer based in Athens, Ga., said it was closing its Evans store Tuesday.

Store Manager Andre Glover said he planned to lock the store’s doors for good at 7 p.m. after almost five years of business at Park Place strip mall on Washington Road.

Glover said that the lease on the store had ended and that the store owner, Darryl Peck, and the landlord could not agree on a new lease.

“We looked into moving to a new location but Apple wouldn’t approve it,” he said, explaining that PeachMac is a premier Apple retailer, and the corporation, known for strict control over sales of its iPhones and other devices, had considerable influence over where they could open a new store.

Glover said about half or the store’s six employees were transferring to one of PeachMac’s other stores. The company has 11 stores Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Virginia.

Glover said that when the PeachMac store opened in October 2008, there were few options for Augusta area consumers who wanted Apple products. Apple opened its own retail store the following year at Augusta Mall, however, and since then other big retailers, such as Wal-Mart, have started carrying Apple products.

“We were doing a lot less (business) than we used to,” he said. “Now there are five of six places within a five-mile radius you have to compete with.”

Howard Young, PeachMac’s corporate retail director, was asked about the competitive conditions the company was facing in Augusta and in other cities.

“That’s not something I want to discuss right now,” Young said. “The lease had expired, and we decided it was time to close that particular location.”

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/24/13 - 07:22 pm
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Apple has its own store in the Mall

I sure that has nothing to do with its denial to Peach Mac to relocate? http://www.apple.com/retail/augusta/

If you buy that, then I have some Phinizy Swamp Land for sale.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/24/13 - 07:41 pm
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Well, I hate to hear this. To

Well, I hate to hear this. To be honest, I didn't frequent this store that often, but when I did, they usually had what I wanted. But, it's true that there are competitors everywhere now.

my.voice
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my.voice 09/24/13 - 10:15 pm
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I actually found peach mac to

I actually found peach mac to be lacking in staying current. They never had anything I needed in stock. That said, if business was good, the lease wouldn't have been a problem. You also have the problem of apple pricing schemes, which are frozen like ice. There's no way to compete when the prices are the same everywhere.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 09/24/13 - 10:36 pm
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Why not relocate to Aiken.

Why not relocate to Aiken. Far enough from Apple and Best Buy but close enough to repair a older or out of warranty repair as well as no interest for a year credit for major purchases like a new iPad or computer.

countyman
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countyman 09/25/13 - 10:28 am
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PeachMac

This is another example of an store who should have opened in/around the Augusta Exchange from the beginning(Earthfare included).. Sometimes retailers want to locate further away from the competition, but that's not always helpful.

I think it's going to be interesting to watch Trader Joes.. They could work in Columbia County, but I hope their smart and decide to locate near the county line(Aldi, Bass Pro).. Richmond County does have the advantage of over Columbia County in terms of the best locations including the Carmax area, Village at Riverwatch, land around the Augusta Exchange, 69 acre development at Walton Way Ext/I-20, etc.

Nocnoc... More than likely PeachMac wanted to relocate to Richmond County, and of course Apple would disagree.

LeConteSkier... I don't think metro Augusta is big enough to support the location in Aiken.. Aiken is just now getting Academy Sports, Fresh Market, and Sams. PeachMac is more of an niche store compared to those traditional retailers. The Evans store was located much closer to Richmond County.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/25/13 - 05:34 am
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CC Strip Malls. E Pluribus Unum. Who cares? Take your pick.
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CC Strip Malls. E Pluribus Unum. Who cares? Take your pick.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/25/13 - 05:35 am
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Maybe an inter "faith" worship group can pick up the leasing.
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Maybe an inter "faith" worship group can pick up the leasing.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/25/13 - 05:36 am
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Where do so many "store front worship groups" get financing?
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Where do so many "store front worship groups" get financing?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/25/13 - 05:37 am
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Is it a Richard Roberts Pyramid Scheme? Cha Ching
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Is it a Richard Roberts Pyramid Scheme? Cha Ching

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/25/13 - 05:38 am
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Traditional churches decline. Store front churches growing.
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Traditional churches decline. Store front churches growing.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/25/13 - 05:39 am
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Our North Augusta "36 snake oils" sales crew could tell us.
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Our North Augusta "36 snake oils" sales crew could tell us.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/25/13 - 06:03 am
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The Drug Rehab Center? Maybe? Definitely?
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The Drug Rehab Center? Maybe? Definitely?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/25/13 - 07:39 am
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heh heh heh

I can't help but laugh when reading some posts on here.....can we lasso a business & bring it back to Augusta....heh.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 07:40 am
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Columbia County's high

Columbia County's high personal income with lots of disposable income is the driving force for many areas.

countyman
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countyman 09/25/13 - 10:48 am
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I laugh at the comments who

I laugh at the comments who don't want to acknowledge the facts...

Anybody familiar with Earthfare knows they were struggling for a while. The Augusta Exchange is a much bigger destination compared to anywhere on Furys Ferry in Richmond or Columbia county..

Also, from the article it seems the private sector wanted to bring the business to Augusta.

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 09/25/13 - 11:33 am
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I visited Peach Mac on more

I visited Peach Mac on more than one occasion and was never satisfied with their inventory. If I had to order something, it was easier to do it online. Once the Apple Store opened, there was no reason to go there at all. I think it was simple supply and demand. They didn't supply what the customers demanded.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/25/13 - 11:35 am
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Yep

"They didn't supply what the customers demanded." That is the case in most store closings.

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 09/25/13 - 11:36 am
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As far as Earthfare, they

As far as Earthfare, they seem to be still struggling a little. Each month their produce section seems to get smaller and smaller. It will be interesting to see if the Walmart Neighborhood Store will carry any organic/local produce and if that affects Earthfare in any manner.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 01:16 pm
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Laughter is good medicine

Countyman said, "I laugh at the comments who don't want to acknowledge the facts..."

Laughter is good medicine.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 01:23 pm
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Augusta Exchange

Augusta Exchange and about anything in West Augusta does well. Columbia County residents shop there. We consider West Augusta residents our neighbors with similar values. Most West Augusta folks want to break away from Augusta and join with us in Columbia County. Yeah, that's an opinion.

countyman
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countyman 09/25/13 - 01:51 pm
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Augusta Exchange

Yeah, West Augusta sure does have a lot in common with Grovetown and Harlem.. Even with all the growth(percentage) in Grovetown the previous decade another IGA(KJ Market) is coming, and not even Kroger. Compared to the existing Kroger, Publix, Fresh Market, and future Whole Foods along one road in West Augusta.

The Augusta Exchange is the second biggest shopping destination in the metro and CSRA. People come from all over the metro to shop there. The Village at Riverwatch in North Richmond will likely surpass the Augusta Exchange in the future though.

The Augusta Exchange area of West Augusta is also richer than the overwhelmingly majority of Columbia County. The median income of Martinez(not 100% accurate because it's not a real city with distinct boundaries) is probably only around $60k..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 02:27 pm
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Understood

Countyman said, "The median income of Martinez(not 100% accurate because it's not a real city with distinct boundaries) is probably only around $60k."

I'd say that's an opinion that's probably wrong since we are talking Westlake, Jones Creek and the Lakeside school district. But that's okay if it makes you feel better about Richmond County. I do understand the emotions living in Richmond County sometimes causes.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 02:30 pm
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What is North Richmond?

As LL asked, exactly where is North Richmond? Is it West Augusta, that you don't want to call West Augusta?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/25/13 - 02:49 pm
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North Richmond

North Richmond is something created in and existing only in the mind of Countyman. Riverwatch Parkway (both sides) from Lake Olmstead to the county line is and always has been considered West Augusta.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/13 - 03:08 pm
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I will start addressing

I will start addressing comments to him as "North Countyman."

countyman
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countyman 09/25/13 - 03:39 pm
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Riverman.. You're one the who

Riverman.. You're one the who feels like they have to bash Richmond County daily in order to make themselves feel better about Columbia County.

The address of Jones Creek is Evans, and Martinez is not super rich. The majority of neighborhoods off South Belair, Old Petersburg, Old Evans, etc are regular neighborhoods.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 09/25/13 - 07:16 pm
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Folks... you can't make this

Folks... you can't make this stuff up.... Well some folks continue to make stuff up ☺

bdouglas
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bdouglas 09/25/13 - 09:56 pm
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PeachMac should've located in

PeachMac should've located in Augusta Exchange from the beginning?! You mean, where Target, Best Buy, Verizon and Sprint all sell Apple products already? And even closer to the Apple Store that was to come? That makes great business sense...

countyman
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countyman 09/26/13 - 10:59 pm
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Facts

The Augusta mall location wasn't even open when Peach Mac came here.

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