Outdoor retailer next tenant named for Augusta shopping center

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A Charleston, S.C.-based outdoor retailer is the latest tenant announced for the under-development Washington Crossing shopping center.

Half-Moon Outfitters, a carrier of outdoor apparel, gear and equipment, is opening the company’s ninth store in the center at Washington Road and Interstate 20. The 7,500-square-foot store will include an outdoor courtyard area and 12-by-24-foot rock climbing wall, designed for all skill levels and for teaching children about recreational climbing.

The store will focus on providing goods and services for adventure and travel needs. Half-Moon carries gear for kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, surfing and other activities, and it offers brand apparel from North Face, Patagonia, Chaco Sandals and Mountain Hardwear.

Half-Moon Operations Manager Polly Dickson said about 12 employees will be at the Augusta store when it opens this fall. The company, which first opened a store in downtown Charleston in 1993, will use “green” building features in the design, including daylight harvesting, chemical-free paints, and sustainable and regional materials.

The Augusta store is part of the company’s campaign to strengthen its foothold in Georgia and the Southeast, said owner Beezer Molten.

Half-Moon is also expanding its Athens, Ga., store to a larger, vacant location near the city’s downtown.

“We intend to grow, but only in places where our addition is a gift to the community and where the new store can sustainably and artfully be added to our mix,” Molten said. “We will never cookie-cut and are determined to make each store an expression of the natural and social environment in which they are built.”

There are three Half-Moon stores in Georgia and five in South Carolina. Half-Moon is the fifth retailer or restaurant chain since last summer to announce plans of opening in the 175,000-square-foot center, now undergoing a major redesign. Natural and organic foods chain Whole Foods, DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), HomeGoods and Jason’s Deli – taking up a combined 103,800 square feet – also are set to open in the center this fall.

The shopping center, which already has Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Verizon Wireless, was purchased last October by metro Atlanta-based commercial real estate development firm S.J. Collins Enterprises.

The site is in the midst of construction and will bring new retail and green space in addition to 150 more parking spaces, according to developers.

Half-Moon follows Cabela’s and Gander Mountain as the third outdoors store to locate recently in the metro area. Cabela’s opened in March in the Village at Riverwatch development, and Gander Mountain is under construction and scheduled to open this fall in Columbia County.

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ColCo
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ColCo 05/23/14 - 04:57 pm
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Great Store!

Have shopped at several of their locations and they've always had a great selection of merchandise in stock and employed knowledgable staff. They will be a great addition to the area.

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 08:12 pm
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West Augusta

The private sector growth along Washington road won't stop coming...

It's time for the city to step up to the plate and concentrate on creating new bike lanes, sidewalks, green space, and landscaping.. The most important goal involves getting away from the normal low density sprawl and start going vertical(office building, mixed-use, residential, hotel).. Let's focus on providing street level activity and becoming more pedestrian friendly.. The Master's guest shouldn't have to walk over grass in the year 2014...

Washington road growth:
9,000 sq. ft. building at 2817 & 2819 Washington road
7,000 sq. ft. center(Pho Bac restaurant) at 2851 Washington road
Washington Crossing redevelopment
Captain's D demolished/rebuilt at 3029 Washington road
Infiniti of Augusta at 3315 Washington road

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 08:17 pm
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Hilarious

I wonder what's at 3069 Washington Road?

countyman
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countyman 05/23/14 - 10:34 pm
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Sad!!!

''I wonder what's at 3069 Washington Road?''

The old Infiniti of Augusta location....... If you were to ride down Washington road you would see the new building under construction...

Why are some people consistently negative about everything??

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/23/14 - 11:15 pm
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Why are some people so taken

Why are some people so taken with a business that is significantly downsizing?

https://www.google.com/maps/place/3069+Washington+Rd/@33.513526,-82.053281,3a,75y,10.35h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sl8o8J7Rinhlkmpi62r92EA!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f9d2973f490ccb:0xff1d94126b740436!6m1!1e16

https://www.google.com/maps/place/3315+Washington+Rd/@33.515815,-82.068679,3a,75y,5.88h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sk-eoBConH-4iaefEllT1dw!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x88f9d2e96565915d:0x7e1c377adca7bec1!6m1!1e1

thauch12
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thauch12 05/24/14 - 12:30 am
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'“We intend to grow, but only

'“We intend to grow, but only in places where our addition is a gift to the community and where the new store can sustainably and artfully be added to our mix,” Molten said. “We will never cookie-cut and are determined to make each store an expression of the natural and social environment in which they are built."'

Hahaha what exactly does this say about the "natural and social environment" of Augusta? Every other one of their locations that I have seen (in downtown Savannah, downtown Greenville, the Virginia Highlands in Atlanta, and coming soon to downtown Athens) are attractive storefronts in the midst of desirable highly-walkable neighborhoods. Augusta's is put in a strip mall right off I-20! It looks like they aren't willing to take a bet on our sad little town's CBD and rightfully so...

countyman
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countyman 05/24/14 - 01:27 am
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Facts

The Mt. Pleasant and the West Ashley locations(Charleston) are both suburban.. The previous Athens location had to be suburban if their moving 'near downtown' in the future..

Why does it say about the environment of Columbia County? The Columbia County area is the home of the strip mall. It seems they resisted our dejected tiny sprawly Evans/Martinez bedroom communities and you can't blame them.. The Columbia County government created the outlet mall survey, but couldn't land the outlet mall either..

''Why are some people so taken with a business that is significantly downsizing?''

The new building maybe smaller, but the company is actually growing...

'The dealership will hire about 20 additional employees to increase the sales and service team to 43 employees. The new and used inventory will jump from 135 to 200 vehicles, Monson said.'

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/24/14 - 04:37 am
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Fast Growing Area

There's no doubt the area from the Augusta National to the ends of Columbia County are growing with business and population. One of the fastest growing areas in the nation.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/24/14 - 06:53 am
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ooooooohhhhh ------ ITS GREEN

I could careless how Green it is .

Just carry 22LR and I'll shop there until the wife and I leave.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/24/14 - 06:54 am
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"It's time for the city to

"It's time for the city to step up to the plate and concentrate on creating new bike lanes, sidewalks, green space, and landscaping."

So Countyman, how would that be financed?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/24/14 - 06:56 am
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Yes, Countyman, the outlet

Yes, Countyman, the outlet mall is in Richmond County- because it is centered between Columbia and Aiken County, which has the demographics to support it, while RC does not.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/24/14 - 06:57 am
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BTW: Too many of a specific type Business

Over Saturation
Likely means in the next 5 years,
1 of these 3 in this limited market will pull out.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/24/14 - 06:57 am
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RC also has the low-educated

RC also has the low-educated workers to supply the workforce needs of the outlet mall, too.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/24/14 - 07:27 am
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Cool.

What about Shangri-La?

belle
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belle 05/24/14 - 09:27 am
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Surfing?
Unpublished

Don't think there is a lot of that around here.

thauch12
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thauch12 05/24/14 - 10:43 am
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Petty much?

It's a Charleston based company that has 3 locations in greater Charleston...what's your point countyman?

And the comments about Columbia County are not only nonsensical but have nothing to do with the discussion at hand. There's no point in having this discussion devolve into how CC has so much more money than Augusta/Richmond County... The facts speak for themselves.

Butterman
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Butterman 05/24/14 - 10:44 am
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Unpublished

Is this in the mystical land of North Richmond? All kidding aside, this is a great store. I have visited their store in Charleston and was very impressed.

countyman
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countyman 05/24/14 - 11:37 am
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CSRA

''So Countyman, how would that be financed?''

The splost, general fund, hotel tax, etc....

''Yes, Countyman, the outlet mall is in Richmond County- because it is centered between Columbia and Aiken County, which has the demographics to support it, while RC does not.''

The disposable income throughout West Augusta, North Richmond, Summervillle, and Forest Hills speaks for itself..

''And the comments about Columbia County are not only nonsensical but have nothing to do with the discussion at hand. There's no point in having this discussion devolve into how CC has so much more money than Augusta/Richmond County... The facts speak for themselves.''

The comments about the CBD had nothing to do with the discussion.. When did the neighborhood Virginia Highland become downtown Atlanta?

Does Evans or Martinez have so much more money compared to West Augusta for example? Compare the Washington rd section of Martinez(Pleasant Home to Club Car) versus West Augusta(Pleasant Home to AGNC)? The facts speak for themselves..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/24/14 - 12:05 pm
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Reading for comprehension...

Thauch12 said... "Hahaha what exactly does this say about the "natural and social environment" of Augusta? Every other one of their locations that I have seen (in downtown Savannah, downtown Greenville, the Virginia Highlands in Atlanta, and coming soon to downtown Athens) are attractive storefronts in the midst of desirable highly-walkable neighborhoods."

Emphasis on ", the Virginia Highlands in Atlanta,"

Reading for comprehension and understanding is not for everyone.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/24/14 - 12:08 pm
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Washington Road between ANGC

Washington Road between ANGC and Club Car is nothing more than urban sprawl... how could anyone make an assessment of wealth based on fast food joints and car dealerships?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/24/14 - 12:37 pm
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So countyman here's another substantial business in our

community. Wonder why they didn't chose South Augusta?

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 05/24/14 - 06:52 pm
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If they adequately stock 380

If they adequately stock 380 caliber, they'll get my business, too.

Does anyone know what's being built on the corner of Jimmy Dyess and Wrightsboro Road?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/24/14 - 09:02 pm
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Does anyone know

What's being built near the corner of Pleasant Home Road and Davis Road?

pja5529
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pja5529 05/24/14 - 11:38 pm
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Corgimom

It is also flanked by West Augusta/National Hills and the Hill area which is in Richmond County and also contribute to the demos those retailers are seeking.

Clemsondoc
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Clemsondoc 05/25/14 - 08:19 am
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I agree Washington Rd could use a makeover

Washington Road is growing but very unpleasant to the eye. The street could use sidewalks and trees. I would also impose a street sign rule and make them all ground level, makes streets and communities much more aesthetically pleasing than the hodgepodge appearance it has now. Half moon is a great store though.

paladin5
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paladin5 05/30/14 - 01:37 am
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ATTRIBUTES...

I-20/I-20/I-20.....MAGNET FOR CONSUMERS TO COME AND SHOP...most comments are irrelevant to why development happening,.

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