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Abercrombie closing Saturday in the Augusta Mall

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Abercrombie & Fitch in Augusta Mall is closing Saturday.

The Abercrombie & Fitch store in Augusta Mall, which has been open about a decade, will close Saturday.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
The Abercrombie & Fitch store in Augusta Mall, which has been open about a decade, will close Saturday.

“They’re closing a lot of their stores in the Southeast, particularly,” said Tom Dornfeld, the mall’s interim general manager.

Abercrombie and the mall management made a mutual decision not to renew the store’s lease, Dornfeld said.

Abercrombie will have normal business hours Saturday, closing at 9 p.m., a store manager said.

Attempts to reach Aber­crombie’s corporate office Friday were not successful.

The clothing store has been open in the mall for about a decade. Hollister, also owned by the Aber­crombie company, will not be affected by the closure, Dornfeld said.

Talks have started with several businesses to bring a tenant in the space, which is near one of the mall’s entrances, Dornfeld said.

Dornfeld said they are focusing on one company.

“It’s pretty exciting, the people we’re talking to,” he said.

An announcement might be made in a couple of months, Dornfeld said.

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triscuit
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triscuit 01/25/13 - 03:40 pm
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I am neither surprised or

I am neither surprised or disappointed. The music in the stores was so loud you could not converse with a salesperson. When, that is, they would get off their phones or talking to try to assist you. Overpriced clothing that looked like it had been through a shredder. The sexual content in their catalogs aimed at teenagers didn't help. I say good riddance...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/25/13 - 04:14 pm
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Augusta Mall should demolish

Augusta Mall should demolish the indoor portion of the mall and concentrate on the new outdoor section.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/25/13 - 06:08 pm
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I'm not surprised. Hollister

I'm not surprised. Hollister and Aeropostale are drawing in the money these days. Prices are more reasonable in their affiliate (Hollister).

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/25/13 - 07:34 pm
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Triscuit - hits it on the nose

They got a lot of Bad Press for their Teenage sexual poses in their catalogs.

Kids may buy the items, but parents still control the purse strings.
Besides they became about as UPC as AXE teen boy products, in a PC Girly world.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/25/13 - 07:45 pm
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Prolly a little too "fancy"

Prolly a little too "fancy" for the CSRA anyway.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/25/13 - 08:17 pm
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Not really IAD. Check out

Not really IAD. Check out any of the stores, Hollister, Aeropostale , and even American Eagle all carry the same stuff as Abercrombie. Only things different is the price tag.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/25/13 - 08:29 pm
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Sorry to see them go; they

Sorry to see them go; they had some really cute stuff. Whoever commented on the music and the employees are so right. Ten minutes to pick out and thirty minutes to pay; that's if you are the only one in line.
Holister is no better; American Eagle does a little better.
You'd think corporate would understand who has the money.

I agree with the comment about the best part of the mall being the new addition.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 01/25/13 - 08:45 pm
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For sure, a bit much for
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For sure, a bit much for Augusta..Please, can't we bring back June, Ward and Beaver?
Really, folks, if the music is too loud and the advertising offends you, you ain't shopping there.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/25/13 - 09:49 pm
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Palmetto, you aren't much of

Palmetto, you aren't much of a shopper, I can tell. Yeah, Mama's of young females shop where they can't hear themselves think.
We aim to please.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/25/13 - 11:31 pm
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Boy, this economy sure is on

Boy, this economy sure is on the upswing.

countyman
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countyman 01/26/13 - 01:14 am
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Abercrombie is closing 180

Abercrombie is closing 180 stores by 2015.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230489870457748090194416866...

The Augusta mall will continue to attract stores not presently in the market. Two new retailers(Charming Charlie & Soma) and one new restaurant(Buca di Beppo) since September of 2012.

Any city that's voted the 4th best city to live in the US, and ranked 2nd in terms of high tech job growth between 2006-2011. I think you can expect the city to attract new things frequently. The Village at Riverwatch is something to watch this year.

I can't wait for the new amenities coming in 2013. The city of Columbia is finally getting both Whole Foods and Trader Jobs. They still have to visit Augusta to access PF Changs, Apple, Costco, and the future developments at VAR, Carmax area(formerly Wheele Town Park), and the 44 acre development at Walton Way Extension/I-20.

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 01/26/13 - 01:01 am
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Must be something else Obama
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Must be something else Obama touched that turned into a turd!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/26/13 - 01:09 am
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Seems like every time you

Seems like every time you hear about businesses opening in Augusta, there is an equal pull in the opposite direction with businesses closing. Sounds pretty stagnant to me.

countyman
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countyman 01/26/13 - 01:49 am
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Upcoming announcements in 2013 will speak for themselves.!

I clearly think the word 'hear' is the appropriate choice in this instance. Sprint Food & Metro Market at located 851 Broad street(open air seating. 1st floor restaurant/convenience store, 2nd floor corporate offices is under construction, and Five Guys is opening at the Colony Plaza in South Augusta. The Cookout will bring a brand new restaurant building to Harrisburg at 1801 Walton Way. I don't remember the Chronicle ever reporting any of those new developments.
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4384
http://appweb.augustaga.gov/planning_zoning/plazid_display.asp?zID=4334

The Chronicle did share the new Dunkin Donuts with the public, but not the restaurant Which Wich in the same center.
http://www.whichwich.com/

All of the following things below have opened at the Augusta mall since June of 2012.

1.P.S. From Aeropostale, 2. Francesca Collections, 3. Pink & Blue store, 4. Buca di Beppo(Italian restaurant), 5. Soma, 6. Charming Charlie

How does six new amenities in eight months equal stagnant? I think some people might need to visit the malls in Savannah, Macon, Columbus, and even Suburban Atlanta.

I can't think of many properties in Georgia who are more upscale. The couple of nicer malls are located in the metro Atlanta area(Lenox, Phipps, Perimeter, and maybe North Point/North Lake). Cumberland, Mall of Georgia, and Stonecrest are nothing special.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/26/13 - 01:48 am
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I hate Malls in general.

I hate Malls in general.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/26/13 - 03:02 am
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“Prolly a little too "fancy"

“Prolly a little too "fancy" for the CSRA anyway.”

“For sure, a bit much for Augusta."

Au contraire, it is you people that look down your long noses at us poor hicks, it is you that are unable to resist the machinations of Madison Ave.

We poor, dumb, hicks from the South can take it or leave it. No big deal either way.

The sheer number of people that allow themselves to be fooled into believing they're hip, progressive, unique, and advanced, never cease to amaze me!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/26/13 - 08:29 am
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If Regency Mall had been

If Regency Mall had been drive up stores in the mode of Target, it wouldn't be a a giant dumpster today.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/26/13 - 12:47 pm
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Don't go to the mall very

Don't go to the mall very often but went in Hollister over the holidays with my nieces and thought I had entered a loud, smelly dimly lit cave. I lasted all of 5 minutes and went outside into the light to wait. I don't know how they even see the clothes or hear in that place because it is so dark and loud.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/26/13 - 09:30 am
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I'm amazed at the number of
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I'm amazed at the number of people who live in the CSRA and constantly bash it here.....If you hate it so much, why are you here?

avidreader
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avidreader 01/26/13 - 09:57 am
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Ask a High School Teacher!

If you're interested in fashion swings among our teens, just ask a high school teacher. I have seen the A&F labels disappear slowly over the last few years. The big craze now is Hollister -- the halls of our school are flooded with sheep who actually pay premium dollars to advertise a corporate label for free.

When I first began teaching, the Playboy bunny logo was the hot ticket. Then Gucci came along; then Polo. And of course one can never forget the Tommy Hilfiger dynasty. And the list goes on: The Gap label was huge for a while. Areopostale is holding up OK these days, but the current victor is by far, the Hollister folks.

Psychological data reveals that it is actually a good thing for teens to follow trends and "fit in". Apparently, the Hollister label is good for the sixteen-year old's self esteem. Ugh! I'm not sure I agree.

And don't even get me started on shoes! When the cool weather finds its way into the area, a teacher can not help but notice the 452 pairs of Uggs, with the tiny label on the heel of the boot clearly visable. Prior to the Uggs, the Duck Boots were the choice of all aspiring fashionistas, both girls and boys. And when a mere six drops of rain hit the pavement, the school's hallways will be full with girls wearing the cute rubber rain boots with the tiny penguins and polka-dots.

I wouldn't worry too much about A&F closing their mall store. They will simply re-brand or take a bow to the next faddish fashion chain. Kids are always going to follow the next hipster craze.

I can't believe I'm writing all of this. I need to find some new interests other than teaching.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/26/13 - 10:19 am
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A&F would be a good fit for the CBD.
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The beginning of the ARC-Soho District Renaissance. The home of the sophisticated elite. Dining and imbibing 'til sunrise. Did they look at the spaces in Old Port Royal? Now there is another opportunity for downtown Augusta to waste yet another chunk of change.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/26/13 - 10:44 am
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Regular neatly worn clothes

Regular neatly worn clothes sure look better than all those with holes in them before they are worn out. And the kids getting the tramp stamps will surely be sorry later.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/26/13 - 11:24 am
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Where can I cash my 10% off

Where can I cash my 10% off coupon for the Shoppes At Port Royal?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/26/13 - 11:30 am
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Head Scratch

Re: Countyman's 12:49 —

If six new stores are opening in Augusta Mall, doesn't that mean that six old stores have already closed to make room for the new ones?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/26/13 - 02:38 pm
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countyman

Lenox is much better than most I've visited. It is my preferred mall besides Perimeter. I have lived in Savannah, and shopped the Savannah Malls (they have 2), and I don't see much difference or they have more stores. Savannah Mall has an Outdoor World which is very nice and appropriate for the area. I think Augusta Mall does have very nice stores, perhaps they can better match the shopping base with the types of stores that open there.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/26/13 - 02:46 pm
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I think mall of Georgia in

I think mall of Georgia in Buford is very good

belle
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belle 01/26/13 - 05:12 pm
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palmetto
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That was exactly the point...due to the loud music, poor service, poor quality for the $$ and the advertising...not enough people were shopping there.

countyman
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countyman 01/26/13 - 05:13 pm
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Little Lamb... Charming

Little Lamb... Charming Charlie opened in the section of the promenade that never opened to the public before).

Patty P... The Savannah mall is only 900k sq. ft. and the anchors include Dilllards, Target, Bass Pro, and Burlington....

The anchors at Oglethorpe mall(900k sq. ft) are pretty standard(Belk, JC Penny, Macys, Sears), but they don't have the specialty stores of Augusta mall.

There's no Apple, Sephora, PF Changs, Jared Galleria, Pandora, Chop House, etc in Savannah.

The Augusta mall is 1.1 million square feet excluding the promenade section.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/26/13 - 08:39 pm
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The Mall at Hilton Head

The Mall at Hilton Head completely shut down last year. I have no idea how the Aiken Mall stays open. It'll be a miracle if Ogelthorpe survives. Savannah is not going to have specialty shops in the their mall with the name brand outlets nearby which is exactly what caused Hilton Head Mall to go out of business. It could no longer compete with the two outlet malls.

As malls go, Augusta is very nice, especially the new outdoor addition.

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walrus4ever 01/26/13 - 09:05 pm
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It doesnt matter to me in the

It doesnt matter to me in the least what trendy businesses are coming to give us the privilege of buying their crap. Tell me what businesses are coming to replace the good paying jobs going to Louisiana and the papermaking positions that are going to simply disappear. All the places to stuff your face and cover you with Chinese cloth wont replace that.

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