Augusta Economy

More News | Fort Gordon | Plant Vogtle | Savannah River Site | Editor

High-end convenience store in progress on Broad Street

  • Follow Local Business

A high-end convenience store and market is under construction next to Au­gusta Common on Broad Street.

Map View

Javascript is required to view this map.

Sprint Food Stores Inc. will unveil its first local “Met­ro Market” concept down­stairs in the 851 Broad St. building by late spring or early summer, President and CEO Andy Jones said.

Inside the business will be touch-screen kiosks for shoppers to place orders for quick meals, such as sandwiches and gourmet hot dogs. Toward the back, a selection of wines and craft beer, gourmet cheeses and other high-end grocery items can be purchased to carry out or consume on the premises. Customers will be able to choose from indoor seating or a covered patio that will open to the Common.

“It’s essentially a high-end convenience store,” Jones said. “It’s going to really be something different that Augusta doesn’t have, especially downtown Augusta doesn’t have.”

Jones said he plans to collaborate with some event organizers at the Common. The store, he added, is equipped with larger bathrooms to accommodate high traffic.

“It’s something that is needed on Broad Street,” said Margaret Woodard, the executive director of Au­gusta’s Downtown Devel­op­­ment Authority. “I think it will be a very successful venture downtown.”

Woodard said she believes the business will help make downtown more walkable for residents living and working there.

“He’s going to meet that niche where you can just run and pick up what you need,” she said. “He’s got a lot of residences in the vicinity where he is, and I think people will be thrilled with that concept.”

A total overhaul of the 11,000-square-foot, two-story building started in Novem­ber.

The company’s support center will be housed upstairs. The staff is currently based in Enterprise Mill on Greene Street, but that office will close once the renovation is complete, Jones said.

Sprint Food’s main office in Wrens will remain open.

In 2011, Sprint Food purchased the building for $235,000 from Osbon Julian W Family Partnership LLC, according to Augusta property records.

“This is what we had in mind when we bought the building but were kind of limited on the space width-wise, so we really had to get creative,” Jones said.

The downtown additions of the Augusta Convention Center and Holiday Inn Express and pending restoration of the Miller Theater have made Jones even more excited about the new store, he said.

Sprint Food Stores operates 15 gas station and convenience stores across the area. The Broad Street location will not include a gas station.

Comments (19)

Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
WeAreAllInfected
111
Points
WeAreAllInfected 02/20/14 - 08:40 pm
10
0

Cool Idea

People that work downtown will definitely hit it up for lunch. They'll probably get a ton of business during downtown events too.

countyman
16938
Points
countyman 02/20/14 - 10:31 pm
9
2

About time!!!

The property is located right next to the Augusta Common and provides the opportunity to increase the daily activity on the Common. The Port Royal project will automatically bring rapid growth downtown(Class A office space, art gallery on the Riverwalk, office space for the DDA, 8k SQ FT for a new restaurant, renovated theater, and office space for the business incubators)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22130348@N06/12666715415/

The CBD is booming!!!
1. Chamber of Commerce building(high tech incubator, jazz cafe, art gallery, coffee shop, rooftop bar, etc)
2. Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3. 851 Broad/Sprint Food Metro Market
4. 901 Broad(9 apts/4,300 sq. ft. of commercial space)
5. 905 Broad(restaurant/meeting space)
6. 972 Broad(new facade, windows, railing)
7. 601 Broad(new facade, windows, roof, and repairing the balconies)
8. Craft & Vine/1204 Broad
9. O'Donovan's Irish Pub/1002 Broad
10. Puritan Candle

Riverman1
71002
Points
Riverman1 02/21/14 - 05:56 am
8
3

Future Winning Lottery Ticket

A good place for the downtown people to buy lottery tickets and have a place to sit down to scratch them off. The beer and wine should sell well, too. It's right beside the Common and those who hang out there can come in, use the nice bathroom, buy a ticket, get something to drink and talk with their friends. A needed downtown facility.

corgimom
19819
Points
corgimom 02/21/14 - 07:03 am
6
8

The homeless will enjoy the

The homeless will enjoy the nice bathrooms, too.

I suggest that they have an on-duty security guard at all times. They will need it.

corgimom
19819
Points
corgimom 02/21/14 - 07:06 am
5
7

Any place that sells beer and

Any place that sells beer and wine downtown will attract the homeless, too.

ctchpln
153
Points
ctchpln 02/21/14 - 08:13 am
8
1

On the positive side

It is a brilliant idea! This type business is needed in downtown Augusta. The busy workers during the week will use it and the relaxed strollers on the weekend will use it. Best wishes for a successful endeavor, Sprint!

seenitB4
73296
Points
seenitB4 02/21/14 - 10:13 am
6
1

Can we see the menu for this

"Inside the business will be touch-screen kiosks for shoppers to place orders for quick meals, such as sandwiches and gourmet hot dogs"

What exactly will you put on the gourmet hot dogs? I hope it does well.

soapy_725
43306
Points
soapy_725 02/21/14 - 10:14 am
0
0

Living the dream in CBD. Could it replace the public library?

Unpublished

More lipstick on the PIG. Or just more lipstick on the citizens.

soapy_725
43306
Points
soapy_725 02/21/14 - 10:14 am
0
0

"downtown, where all the lights are bright, downtown...."

Unpublished

"downtown, where all the lights are bright, downtown...."

billcass
549
Points
billcass 02/21/14 - 10:37 am
6
0

Corgimon-I disagree

If you look at other cities with revitalized downtowns (Asheville, NC, Greenville, SC, etc) the homeless population has actually decreased. But why put a damper on such good news. The city is doing something exciting. Let's celebrate that and not look for the negative.

justthefacts
18096
Points
justthefacts 02/21/14 - 10:50 am
9
0
nocnoc
31231
Points
nocnoc 02/21/14 - 11:09 am
6
0

CBD is Booming

I would hope so after all the $$$$$ wasted Downtown on various Pork Improvement Projects.

But I am still glad to hear Board Street might not become a copy Atlanta North Ave & 10th or a mini Hate Ashbury SF. version loaded up with bars and Coffee shops.

Little Lamb
40311
Points
Little Lamb 02/21/14 - 11:33 am
5
0

Gourmet

SeenitB4 asked:

What exactly will you put on the gourmet hot dogs?

Grey Poupon mustard and only the finest imported sauerkraut.

countyman
16938
Points
countyman 02/21/14 - 11:35 am
4
3

Broad street

Why does Corgimom believe this is the first business to open recently that serves alcohol? The majority of the initial downtown revitalization was based on the Artist Row, bars, and resturants.. The CBD is now starting to attract the upscale resturants, hotels, residential, boutiques, and office jobs..

What about the $$$$$ wasted in South Augusta? The comments about the city spending money downtown are funny, because almost every nearby peer city has invested more(Charleston, Greenville, Chattanooga, Savannah, Columbia, etc) downtown..

The leaders in those cities realize certain jobs and businesses prefer to locate in urban areas..

I've been saying the CBD and West Augusta offer the best opportunities to attract white collar office jobs..

seenitB4
73296
Points
seenitB4 02/21/14 - 12:01 pm
3
1
OJP
4779
Points
OJP 02/21/14 - 01:13 pm
3
0

Excellent news! I'll definitely be adding it to my list of lunch

places. I hope they have outside seating too.

Little Lamb
40311
Points
Little Lamb 02/21/14 - 01:14 pm
2
0

Facade

Is the façade going to look like the other Sprint convenience stores? I hope not.

itsanotherday1
34973
Points
itsanotherday1 02/21/14 - 04:29 pm
3
0

Dittos billcass 0937. Nicer

Dittos billcass 0937. Nicer environments don't attract urban outdoorsmen. As it is, I don't think Augusta has a significant problem with panhandlers; though there is a problem with the youth just hanging out in groups later at night.

lovingthesouth72
1162
Points
lovingthesouth72 02/21/14 - 04:36 pm
2
0

a few other ideas

I can think of a few other things to open downtown: flower shop, BBQ restaurant, dessert shop, dry cleaning place (preferably on a corner so people can drop off/pick up after or before work), french bakery, chocolate shop, internet cafe, all those things that might make life easy and pleasant for those who live downtown. Have these companies considered sending out a survey to the people who live downtown to see what they would like? I hope they can also develop the historic element of downtown and take advantage of the rich history of this area. Maybe include bike racks around town so people can ride their bikes to downtown and actually have a place to chain them to so they can walk around w.out their bike. Just some other ideas to consider. Anything can be no the drawing board to make this great city pleasant. All you have to do is believe (and get rid of the nay-sayers that see all as gloom and doom). What I have seen in other towns: they hand flower baskets from the lamp posts in spring! Or at the least put some spring flags up -

gargoyle
10471
Points
gargoyle 02/21/14 - 06:32 pm
2
0

The plan is similar to the

The plan is similar to the Sheetz (sp?) convenience stores we were to up north. After I saw them I knew as soon as one with the same plan opened in Augusta the rest would follow suit or go out of business. I think Augusta will be pleased.

Gage Creed
12749
Points
Gage Creed 02/22/14 - 07:16 pm
1
0

FACTS are pesky things!

Wonder if this business will suffer the same fate as Sundree's Urban Market.

Back to Top

Top headlines

Augusta man gets life without parole in killing

Jonathan Lee Felton, 23, was convicted in Richmond County Superior Court of murder and weapon charges for the Oct. 25, 2010, shooting death of 22-year-old Eric "Easy" Wright.
Loading...