Three new tenants – a discount retailer and two fast-casual restaurants – are on the way to the Augusta Exchange shopping center this year.
A Burlington is slated to occupy the former Sports Authority space while a Chipotle Mexican Grill and a MOD Pizza have been identified as the tenants of a soon-to-be-built 4,500-square-foot building in front of the Target store, according to construction plans filed by the shopping center’s owner, New York-based Kimco Realty Corp.
Burlington, which also operates under the Burlington Coat Factory brand, is listed as the tenant for the 44,000-square-foot space next to Christmas Tree Shops that has been vacant since the closing of Sports Authority in 2014.
Messages left with the New Jersey-based retailer’s public relations company were not returned. The company’s existing metro Augusta store operates in an 80,000-square-foot space at Augusta West Plaza at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Bobby Jones Expressway.
The relocation of the Burlington store, along with the center’s existing vacancies, would leave the 207,000-square-foot shopping center half empty. Messages left with the Brixmor Property Group’s Atlanta-based leasing agent were not returned.
Burlington sells off-price apparel and accessories as well as furniture and housewares. Construction plans for the building say work is scheduled to begin May 1 with a summer opening.
The “outparcel” building housing the Chipotle and MOD Pizza would begin later this month along Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway and be completed in late fall. The size and appearance would be similar to the nearby outparcel building housing the Panda Express and Atlanta Bread Company restaurants.
Denver-based Chipotle operates a restaurant in Aiken and has plans to build one in the North Augusta Plaza shopping center. The Tex-Mex inspired chain specializes in burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads. Company spokesman Chris Arnold confirmed the store is scheduled to open “late this year” but declined to provide further detail.
“We’ll have more information to share as it gets closer to opening,” he said.
Seattle-based MOD Pizza, a brand that would be new to metro Augusta, offers individual artisan-style pizzas and salads that are made on demand using any combination of more than 30 toppings for a single price.
MOD Pizza confirmed the Augusta location and said it would be operated by its South Carolina-based franchisee, Rich Connolly of Rolling Dough LLC, which owns the MOD Pizza location in Columbia and Charleston. A message left with Connolly’s Columbia office was not immediately returned.
MOD Pizza spokeswoman Charlotte Wayte noted most of the 200 MOD Pizza locations are company-owned.
The company, founded in 2008 by Seattle couple Scott and Ally Svenson, was recently ranked as America’s fastest growing chain restaurant by Technomic and last year earned a spot on the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.
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