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Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme will be the first new tenants of a south Augusta shopping center after it undergoes a redesign next year.

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Windsor Square shopping center at 3120 Peach Orchard Road is the home of a post office, Goodwill Job Connection and Dollar General. The center will soon get a new look as vacant storefronts are razed to make way for two new buildings fronting Peach Orchard Road, which will be flanked by Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme.

Details of the multiphase project were outlined Tuesday during a news conference held on the site by developers and city leaders.

“For those people that come in from Aiken or Beech Island, this is the gateway into south Richmond County,” Augusta Commission member Joe Jackson said. “We’re going to make it shine.”

The redesigned shopping center will provide increased visibility, new landscaping and better lighting, he said.

The privately funded project is spearheaded by Augusta-based Hull Storey Gibson Co., one of the largest commercial real estate owners in the nation, which has retail space locally and shopping malls across the Southeast.

According to city records, the firm purchased about 9 acres of Windsor Square for $203,200 in 1988 and the remaining portions for about $4 million in 2008. The market value for the entire 14-acre property is listed at about $3.5 million.

“It’s taken that 26 years to get the attention and recognition from the national retailers and these restaurateurs that this area of south Augusta is as prime an area as any other area in Aiken County, Columbia County or any other area in Augusta,” said Jim Hull, the managing principal of Hull Storey Gibson.

The project’s first phase, encompassing demolition and new construction, is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2014, Hull said. The Chick-fil-A restaurant could open in the summer.

An existing SRP Federal Credit Union in the center will move next door to the Lowe’s property. Developers also are trying to bring another “popular national food chain” to the center.

Hull declined to give the projected investment of the project other than to say it’s a “considerable cost.”

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver said he sees the southern portion of the city continuing to grow, citing the forthcoming Starbucks and Rockwood manufacturing facilities opening next year.

“This should be seen as a leading indicator for great things to happen for south Augusta,” he said. “We’re about to see a true Renaissance in this area.”

The Peach Orchard and Windsor Spring corridor has seen other national chains open in the past five years, including IHOP and Roses. A combination Dunkin’ Donuts and Firehouse Subs is under construction nearby at 2930 Peach Orchard Road and is expected to open in February.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/26/13 - 02:07 pm
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Hey Jenna, where is this?

Maybe a map would be nice.

thauch12
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thauch12 11/26/13 - 02:11 pm
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Cue countyman saying, "I told

Cue countyman saying, "I told you so" and heralding this as a sign of great progress in Augusta in 3, 2, 1...

Don't get me wrong, growth is better than nothing but at the end of the day, it's another fast food joint and a donut shop (and I'll be nice and not make any jokes about new sheriff's substations popping up in the near future).

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/26/13 - 02:28 pm
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Thanks Jenna and thauch!

I immediately thought of countyman when I saw the story. Figured he would be bragging and providing us with more of his 'facts.'

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/26/13 - 02:59 pm
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Countyman

You failed us....

Why didn't you know this?

Now this is Good News -
Chick-fil-A does n't just build anywhere.
If corporate took the time to approve this location and someone was willing to pay the $500k +/- Franchise & related $$$,
IT WILL ATTRACT OTHERS to the location.

My only worry now is DOWNTOWN Powers killing the issue behind the scenes. To keep the South Side down.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/26/13 - 03:27 pm
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There's no real need to try an keep South Augusta down

For the most part, some of the residents do a fine job of it all by themselves.

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countyman 11/26/13 - 04:05 pm
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South Augusta

Thauch... I don't feel the need to brag about the situation because my satisfaction comes from watching other's react....

They want to create an smaller Augusta Exchange and Target is probably apart of the future announcements.

Nonoc.. I've mentioned the redevelopment of the shopping center numerous times on here before.. The usual suspects told me I had on rose colored glasses and they had a better chance at winning the lottery compared to those retailers coming to South Augusta.

My 10:54 comment recently brought up the shopping center, Dunkin Donuts/Firehouse subs at 2930 Peach Orchard rd, and Five Guys coming to the Colony Plaza..
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-11-12/rants-raves

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countyman 11/26/13 - 03:45 pm
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Strange

The comments related to downtown are very strange indeed. The majority of commissioners live south of Gordon Hwy and NONE of them live in the CBD.

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countyman 11/26/13 - 03:47 pm
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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/26/13 - 04:09 pm
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Commissioners

What is strange is why those southside commissioners vote for southsiders’ taxes to prop up the downtown.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 11/26/13 - 04:17 pm
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@nocnoc

You said: "If corporate took the time to approve this location and someone was willing to pay the $500k +/- Franchise & related $$$,
IT WILL ATTRACT OTHERS to the location."

You've got a lot more zeroes in your number than what it actually costs a person to run a CFA. Owner/Operators are hand-picked by CFA corporate, CFA pays to build (and owns) the restaurant itself, and only a $5,000 initial investment is required of the owner/operator. (See: http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Company/Franchise-Opportunity )

The new one in question will be run by someone who is already running another CFA in our area, and a new person will move into the position at that current location.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 11/26/13 - 04:23 pm
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Donuts !!!

As a retired Deputy Sheriff, I am happy to see TWO donut shops coming so close together. As person who could easily be a little overweight.... Not so happy. LOL

bdouglas
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bdouglas 11/26/13 - 04:41 pm
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I simply state facts and get

I simply state facts and get a TD for it? Interesting vendettas around here.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/26/13 - 05:20 pm
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bdouglas -I was careful in my wording I thought.

"willing to pay the $500k +/- Franchise & related $$$,..."

With Land/Lease, lawyers, Buildings, permits, training, Health Certs, CF specific equipment, inventory, accounting, and ARC Political approval etc... are all part of the investment.

Pops
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Pops 11/26/13 - 05:27 pm
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I grew up on the Southside

in the 50's, 60's and 70's......I'm glad things are picking up there......

bdouglas
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bdouglas 11/26/13 - 05:35 pm
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@nocnoc

Yes, but that is all handled by corporate, not the owner/operator. Their out of pocket expense is quite minimal in comparison to even the least expensive physical restaurant franchises.

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dichotomy 11/26/13 - 05:44 pm
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Hee hee hee, Five Guys in

Hee hee hee, Five Guys in Colony Plaza. They need to hurry up before they start dying off and have to call it Four Guys or Three Guys.

Seems like when they announced that one over in Evans they were holding the grand opening about a week later. We've been hearing this "Five Guys is coming" about 2 years now.

I will be very happy IF Five Guys comes. As I am about Chik Fil A, Krispy Kreme, Firehouse Subs, and Dunkin' Doughnuts. I DO wish that we could get a sit down, eat a meal, steakhouse or two. You will just have to put me in the "I'll believe it when I see it" category on the Target. But don't get me wrong...I am happy to see ANYTHING new opening in South Augusta. I just don't believe it until they are actually open and I don't get too used to it until they are still open after 1 year. I remember being elated when they opened the Winn Dixie on Tobacco Rd and that damned thing was closed up tighter than Dick's hat band in less than a year. And then there was the Eckerd Drug on Peach Orchard. I don't think that thing was there long enough for the mortar on the bricks to dry.

So countyman, I get all positive about something.....1) WHEN IT ACTUALLY OPENS....and.....2) WHEN IT STAYS OPEN A YEAR OR MORE.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/26/13 - 05:57 pm
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"The majority of

"The majority of commissioners live south of Gordon Hwy and NONE of them live in the CBD."

"What is strange is why those southside commissioners vote for southsiders’ taxes to prop up the downtown"

Well, just because they live on the south side doesn't mean they can't be bribed. Nor does it mean that they are smart enough to realize when they are being conned, or bought, by the "progressives", their contractors and their consultants, and are voting to hurt the constituents from their districts. Right Alvin?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/26/13 - 06:06 pm
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Healthy Eating

They just announced on the radio news that the proposed Krispy Kreme will be opening adjacent to the existing Taco Bell. That's a nutritious combination.

:-)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/26/13 - 06:09 pm
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Gateway

From the story:

“For those people that come in from Aiken or Beech Island, this is the gateway into south Richmond County,” Augusta Commissioner Joe Jackson. “We’re going to make it shine.”

Do you remember when certain commissioners said that the intersection of Gordon Hwy. and Barnard Parkway (where the Video X-Mart now stands) was the gateway to Augusta?

I guess I don't know what a gateway is.

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harley_52 11/26/13 - 07:01 pm
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"I simply state facts and get a TD for it?"

That's the way it is. People seem to the thumbs thing for lots of different reasons.

I don't do thumbs, but I admit it's interesting to see how it has evolved.

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harley_52 11/26/13 - 07:17 pm
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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/26/13 - 07:56 pm
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Oh...Thumbs up all

Oh...Thumbs up all around...well, almost. Fiat that was funny on my second reading.

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rebellious 11/26/13 - 07:56 pm
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Good News!

Hats of to Hull. Storey, Barrett for the investment. Barry Storey is a "all about Augusta" guy whose praises are few and far between. Southside cash is as green as any, and the restaurant parking lots I see down Peach Orchard seem to be full. Southsiders need to frequently support these ventures. If you live over here and travel to the "other" side to spend, then you get what you deserve. Vote with your dollars and "Buy South". That is the only way to sustain local businesses. Use it or Lose it!

chiqagolil
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chiqagolil 11/26/13 - 09:26 pm
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SOUTHGATE: More of the Same

Didn't you move all the Housing Authority residents out for the GRU folks? Who exactly will be going to these remote places? Oh, this is where they relocated! It will be a success when you add a grocery store, a movie theatre, and a fast food restaurant. It, also, needs stores for the people who will be getting fat eating Krispy Kreme and Chick Fil-A. Add a decent restaurant, like S&S, or a better Ryan's, a Karaoke Bar, an arcade that features dance dance revolution and you will have a recipe for success. Now, come to Aiken and help the sad city planners here.

chiqagolil
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chiqagolil 11/26/13 - 09:26 pm
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SOUTHGATE: More of the Same

Didn't you move all the Housing Authority residents out for the GRU folks? Who exactly will be going to these remote places? Oh, this is where they relocated! It will be a success when you add a grocery store, a movie theatre, and a fast food restaurant. It, also, needs stores for the people who will be getting fat eating Krispy Kreme and Chick Fil-A. Add a decent restaurant, like S&S, or a better Ryan's, a Karaoke Bar, an arcade that features dance dance revolution and you will have a recipe for success. Now, come to Aiken and help the sad city planners here.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/26/13 - 11:09 pm
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Welcome

Welcome to the forum, chiqagolil. We will observe and participate in the Southside's renaissance together. The mayor said it was going to be great. You have to bring fast food before the good stuff comes, he said.

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Riverman1 11/27/13 - 05:32 am
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South Augusta is a unique and great place

South Augusta is a unique and great place. I'm glad to see it's getting a Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme to go next to the Post Office, Goodwill and Dollar General.

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seenitB4 11/27/13 - 08:18 am
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Bite the bullet dichotomy

Reb is right...you will have to partake of these stores if you want to keepum!

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Fiat_Lux 11/27/13 - 09:48 am
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That area is now a "gateway" because of I-520

extending all the way into South Carolina.

I would think, however, that doughnut shops and fast food places won't cause a big increase in traffic to that area. Adding a Target might do it, but if South Augusta patrons of these new places are as annoying to be around as they often are at the P'Orchard IHOP, then I don't have great expectations for success.

But then, perhaps there will be enough South Augusta patrons to keep them in business. Here's hoping.

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internationallyunknown 11/27/13 - 10:11 am
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The Hulls are a GREAT family.

The Hulls are a GREAT family.

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