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Whole Foods Market coming to Augusta

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Whole Foods Market plans to open an Augusta store in late 2014.

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The natural and organic foods supermarket will locate in a 41,000-square-foot retail space at the Washington Crossing Shopping Center, on Washington Road near Interstate 20, according to a news release.

“We’ve been looking at the Augusta market for some time,” said Mike Howard, Whole Foods Market South region vice president. “Augusta is a great city with a lot of interest in natural and organic food, so we are excited to be adding to our roster of stores in the area and to be bringing a new store to the market.”

Between 120 and 140 jobs will be created once the store opens, said Darrah Horgan, a company spokesperson.

Whole Foods offers a selection of natural foods that are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

Whole Foods Market, founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, has more than 340 stores in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. There are currently nine locations in Georgia, with eight in metro-Atlanta and one in Savannah.

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hwduncan
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hwduncan 07/31/13 - 05:28 pm
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Yea!

Yea! But shop mostly around its perimeter.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 07/31/13 - 05:53 pm
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With Food Lion fading into

With Food Lion fading into the sunset, and BI-LO attempting a major come back by remodeling all of it's current Augusta and Aiken store's, and also purchasing the Reid's and Harvey's private/public chains from Del Haize, the corporate entity that owns and runs what is left of Food Lion, this announcement does not make much of an impact. And the location is not a major shopping center. So with all said, they will soon fade into the sunset. Reid's was an independent grocer with one location in Barnwell, S.C. and Food Lion had a store right across the street. Reid's was consistently out performing Food Lion every week. So when Food Lion was considering moving into the abandoned WalMart space in the same shopping center, someone came up with the idea of making an offer to Reid Boyleston, the owner of Reid's, and letting him run the operation, giving him a lot of leeway in the Produce and Meat departments, and Food Lion would run everything else. It has been a successful venture, as Food Lion has turned about eleven stores in South Carolina over to the Reid's format. The closest one to Augusta is the Reid's on the Aiken/Augusta Highway. As for the Harvey's stores, it was already being ran as a privately owned independent chain in South Georgia. The closest Harvey's store to Augusta is in Waynesboro. BI-LO is once again trying to become a major player in the Georgia/South Carolina market by purchasing these two chains, and also has purchased the old Winn Dixie chain.

countyman
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countyman 07/31/13 - 10:56 pm
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West Augusta and CSRA going strong

Wow... Whole Foods, Bass Pro, H&M, Cabela's, and the movie theater so far in 2013..

Washington road can definitely use the redevelopment, and this is a perfect situation in terms of renovating the shopping center...

countyman
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countyman 07/31/13 - 06:50 pm
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Odd location

I was expecting the VAR to attract Whole Foods, but this is even better.

The residents of metro Augusta and the CSRA now have access to Fresh Market, Costco, two Aldi's, Earthfare, and Whole Foods. The only major retailer left from the group is Trader Joes.. Unless somebody grew up north, and their use to visiting BJ's...

I would love if Trader Joes decided to open in the CBD, but our downtown is probably not up to par yet.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 07:36 pm
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The building must the old

The building must the old Builder's Square.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/31/13 - 07:40 pm
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What's next? Neiman-Marcus?

Don't like this store (hippies, pale scrawny vegans and snobs shop there) but love the jobs it will bring to the CSRA!! Nice addition to Cabelas and BassPro. Seriously, what's next??

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 07/31/13 - 07:57 pm
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Great for Whole Foods and for
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Great for Whole Foods and for Augusta
Not sure what the sales pitch is all about for Reid's....but it's a trashy store...though, the only one I have been in is the one mentioned on Aiken-Augusta highway.

GeorgiaCarolina
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GeorgiaCarolina 07/31/13 - 08:17 pm
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Great News

This is great news for Augusta. Whole Foods is a great store and you do not have to be a vegan who does not use deodorant to shop there.

Agree, not sure what the whole Reid's/Food Lion/Bi-Lo history lesson was all about. Whole Foods is in a whole different orbit from those places.

floridasun
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floridasun 07/31/13 - 08:18 pm
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Great News Love Whole Foods

This is great news for Augusta. WFM is a great food retailer. I love their prepared foods
I wonder if they are going in the Books a Million space?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 08:43 pm
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Florida Sun, it's on the

Florida Sun, it's on the other side of Wash. Rd.

countyman
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countyman 07/31/13 - 08:45 pm
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Trends

Trader Joes usually follows right behind Whole Foods. I wouldn't be surprise if we hear something in the next few months.

The new concept from Books a Million is still open(2nd & Charles)...

The Washington Crossing shopping center includes Bonefish, etc...

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 07/31/13 - 08:57 pm
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Awesome News

The Augusta Aiken MSA keeps getting better and better. With Fresh Market and Whole Foods, they will compliment each other. Looking forward to them coming. I still am waiting for REI but im sure that announcement is not to far off as REI and Whole Foods pick similar demographics to open their stores. Better proof that Augusta is a growing and vibrant market is that when we had our big new retail boom in 2007, those stores are STILL here surviving the great recession so these new stores will do great. Over the last 5 years, the only stores that have closed in the area with the exception of Books A Million which just converted to 2 & Charles are companies that folded completely and I expect Books A Million to soon reopen in a newer location like the way Ross also closed its older store beside BAM in 1996 and reopened 2 new locations since.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/31/13 - 08:51 pm
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I thought the Builders Square

I thought the Builders Square building was occupied by The Georgia Carolina Wholesale Florist.
AND WHY such negativity from some. This is great for Augusta.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 07/31/13 - 09:02 pm
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The Georgia Carolina Wholesale Florist

The Georgia Carolina Wholesale Florist is most likely just leasing on a month to month or short term rent until a national retailer signs on. This happens all the time so developers and property owner groups make some money on what would be empty space until they get the major retailers. You see it in the mall all the time when some local store opens up shop and you see them time and time again shuffling throughout the mall as national retailers build or expand into the space.

countyman
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countyman 07/31/13 - 09:08 pm
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Shopping center

Hopefully the Fred's location will quickly disappear in the shopping center.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 09:28 pm
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That whole area of Wash.

That whole area of Wash. Rd-I-20 has experienced amazing growth in the past few years. Hotels that rival those anywhere and businesses popping up all around the area. All done without county money.

countyman
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countyman 07/31/13 - 09:43 pm
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Demographics

That's exactly why the city should focus on building new parks and creating nice landscaping in West Augusta(Augusta Exchange park), Summerville, Southwest Augusta, and Forest Hills... The city needs to focus on coming up with solutions to improve the CBD, South Augusta, East Augusta, Laney Walker, Harrisburg, Turpin Hills, Sand Hills, etc. The CBD only needs the Greenway, substation on Broad, Cultural campus, digital billboard, arena, and performing arts center. The private developers will take care of the rest, and the local government can spend their time mostly focusing on improving the other areas of the county. The city must also help build up Mcbean, Blythe, and the city limits of Hephzibah. All three places could become suburbs/exurbs in the future.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/13 - 10:02 pm
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Well, keep in mind, the hotel

Well, keep in mind, the hotel tax generated by the zillion hotels around the I-20--Wash. Rd. interchange is all sent to Laney Walker.

countyman
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countyman 08/01/13 - 12:34 am
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Urban renewal

How much investment from the city did the Laney Walker district get before the hotel tax compared to other areas?

All of the hotels including the Marriott in the CBD(372 rooms) are supporting the growth in Laney Walker.

Kristyrich77
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Kristyrich77 08/01/13 - 04:00 am
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Whole Foods

Whole Foods is great! We love it here in Maryland. When I'm in Augusta, I shop at the Fresh Market and have always enjoyed the store. I hope this large national chain doesn't drown our long serving and hometown favorite, Fresh Market. I hope that Augusta will continue to support The Fresh Market.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/01/13 - 05:35 am
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The florist place is having a
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The florist place is having a big sale and moving to another location

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/13 - 05:44 am
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Hotel Tax

My point is why wouldn't you keep the hotel tax in the area that generates it? West Augusta brings in by far the most tax with all their hotels, yet all the hotel tax money is sent to Laney Walker for the next 50 years. Makes no sense.

OJP
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OJP 08/01/13 - 06:41 am
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The good news keeps on coming...

Go Augusta/CSRA!

(And I was delighted to see the sour posters didn't flood the comments with negative remarks about this.)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/01/13 - 07:13 am
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Great store

But...I still like my Publix..:)

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/01/13 - 07:38 am
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Why not a Whole Foods? ARC is filled with holes. LOL LOL
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Why not a Whole Foods? ARC is filled with holes. LOL LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/01/13 - 07:39 am
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Should be on East Boundary. Minorities need good food, too.
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Should be on East Boundary. Minorities need good food, too.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/01/13 - 07:39 am
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Will Whole Foods provide the free school breakfasts&lunches?
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Will Whole Foods provide the free school breakfasts&lunches?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/01/13 - 07:41 am
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What do we want? Nutrition in the ghetto. When do we want it?
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What do we want? Nutrition in the ghetto. When do we want it?

David Parker
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David Parker 08/01/13 - 07:48 am
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It's setting up for success.

It's setting up for success. But saying this is proof is just proving that the private sector is willing to take a risk after the economy tanked. Just a thought I'm David Parker on newspaper ACH

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/01/13 - 07:50 am
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Focus

Countyman posted:

The city needs to focus on coming up with solutions to improve the CBD, South Augusta, East Augusta, Laney Walker, Harrisburg, Turpin Hills, Sand Hills, etc. The CBD only needs the Greenway, substation on Broad, Cultural campus, digital billboard, arena, and performing arts center.

That's too many things to focus on. Just ask the Obama administration.

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