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Projects slated for completion in 2014

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With 2014 just getting underway, several construction projects are billed for completion this year that will bring more work opportunities to the area.

Cabela's announced Monday that it will be opening its 42,000-square-foot Outpost store March 20. There will be 90 employees working at the store.   TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
Cabela's announced Monday that it will be opening its 42,000-square-foot Outpost store March 20. There will be 90 employees working at the store.

From the Cabela’s Outpost store under construction in the Village at Riverwatch to the Starbucks manufacturing facility expected to open officially this year, hundreds of jobs will be added to metro Augusta’s workforce in 2014.

One of the first projects scheduled to finish in 2014 is a 42,000-square-foot Cabela’s Outpost store beside Costco in the Village at Riverwatch development. Executives for the Nebraska-based outdoors retailer announced Monday that the store will open March 20 with 90 employees. The store will carry hunting, fishing and other outdoor products and feature wildlife displays, a gun counter and an indoor archery range and tech room. Work on the site has been going on since July.

A 14-auditorium movie theater is expected to open by fall 2014 within the Village at Riverwatch. Georgia Theatre Co. is building Riverwatch 14 Cinemas with stadium seating, wide-arc screens, and Dolby digital stereo sound and projection equipment. Some auditoriums will have in-theater dining.

The Village at Riverwatch is a 92-acre development near Interstate 20 and River Watch Parkway.

After nearly a year under construction, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Broad Street is on track to open in mid-March, according to developer T.R. Reddy. The six-story hotel is replacing an old Regency Inn on the property at 444 Broad St. and will include 118 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym and meeting space. The $8 million project will add between 30 and 40 jobs to the local economy, and hiring is to start March 1.

Another project to conclude in early spring is the 148,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter being built at Wrightsboro and North Leg roads. Work on the store broke ground in May. Hiring started in late December, but a Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the company is hoping to staff the store with about 200 more employees.

A second Supercenter in North Augusta is also in the works. The 158,000-square-foot store is part of the Sweetwater Square shopping center on Edgefield Road near I-20. Surrounding tenants include Camino Real Mexican Restaurant, Firehouse Subs, State Farm Insurance and Great Clips. Developers of the project have said they anticipate the store to open by Thanksgiving, with about 300 associates. 

• There are several manufacturing facilities scheduled for completion this year. Although packaging operations started last fall at Starbucks’ $172 million plant in Augusta Corporate Park, full production of the VIA Ready Brew instant coffee is expected to occur in 2014. A specific date has not been announced. The plant has 70 employees and expects to hire 70 more.

• Bridgestone continues to hire workers for its new 1.5-million-square-foot Graniteville factory that will produce 49-inch and 63-inch tires. Full production of the first phase, the 49-inch tire production line, is expected to be ready by May.

• Also in Graniteville, work progresses on 110,000-square-foot recycling plant housed by Atlanta-based Recleim. Small-scale operations started in the fall, but plant Manager Doug Huffer hopes to hire 175 more employees when the plant opens late this year. 

• A couple of local shopping center redesigns also are bringing new retail and fast-food restaurant openings this year. The Washington Crossing shopping center, on Washington Road near I-20, will add a Whole Foods Market, DSW shoe store and HomeGoods center this fall. Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme are pegged to open this summer in south Augusta’s Windsor Square shopping center, 3120 Peach Orchard Road.

• Inside Augusta Mall, a two-story H&M fashion retail store is expected to open this spring. The 23,000-square-foot store will carry apparel for women, men and young adults, with separate sections for accessories and lingerie.

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countyman
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countyman 01/24/14 - 07:49 pm
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Target

South Augusta is the main beneficiary of the new Walmart at exit 5 in North Augusta. The next Target built in the metro is coming to South Augusta and Peach Orchard/Windsor Spring/I-520 is the leading candidate.

Grovetown/exit at I-20: Home Depot or Lowes

Southwest Augusta/Jimmy Dyess Pkwy: Kroger or Publix

Augz79
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Augz79 01/25/14 - 12:14 am
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@Countyman (serious question)

Do you have sources on the rumored South Augusta Target or is this just wishful speculation?

OJP
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OJP 01/25/14 - 12:23 am
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OJP
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OJP 01/25/14 - 12:23 am
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gargoyle
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gargoyle 01/25/14 - 12:40 am
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I called my wife at lunch

I called my wife at lunch today and ask if she could come up with a reason for me to put in any more hours this week. She answered that Cabelas is opening soon, I worked 5 more hours. Can't wait to check out the fishing and reloading gear.

angedelune
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angedelune 01/25/14 - 07:18 am
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cabelas

i also heard that cabelas will have canal access from the back of the store!!! i hope this is true

corgimom
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corgimom 01/25/14 - 08:32 am
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Gee, I would think that North

Gee, I would think that North Augusta and the Valley would be the main beneficiaries of the new Walmart in North Augusta.

I guess people from South Augusta could go there, but it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, the Deans Bridge Rd would be closer.

countyman
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countyman 01/25/14 - 12:14 pm
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Target

Augz79... Credible rumors

The majority of the residents living in North Augusta would prefer to shop at Target instead of another Walmart. Exit 5 presented the best chance to bring Target into North Augusta.

countyman
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countyman 01/25/14 - 01:20 pm
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North Richmond

The website for new outlet mall coming to North Richmond is available to the public..

http://www.premieroutletsofgaataugusta.com/

countyman
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countyman 01/25/14 - 02:05 pm
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Outlet mall

A few of the stores coming to the outlet mall: Elie Tahari, Karen Millen, Trina Turk, J Crew, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade, Polo, Nike, Brooks Brothers, G.H. Bass, Theory, Johnston & Murphy, 50 East shoes, etc)

The outlet mall will include some duplicate stores already in the Augusta market( H&M, Michael Kors, Express, Ann Taylor Loft, Chico's, Old Navy, Gap, Forever 21, etc)..

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Gage Creed 01/25/14 - 08:13 pm
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The new Walmart at

The new Walmart at Mid-North-West Aiken will surely be a southeast destination, folks will drive for hours to dine and shop... (eyeroll) Just imagine if they had built a Tarjhee...

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/25/14 - 09:29 pm
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There's still PLENTY of land

There's still PLENTY of land at Exit 5...or Exit 1 for that matter.

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