Originally created 04/02/97

Two Augusta shopping centers sporting new spring colors



Springtime, the time of transformations, is here; you can see it along Wrightsboro Road with the changes at two shopping centers.

North Leg Plaza, at North Leg, is now called North Leg Center. The building facia are new and a new tenant, Family Dollar, moved in in January. A home appliance rental store and a hair salon also are new.

"We have good activity and lots of interest in the spaces we have available," said Ann Davis, president of Davis Commercial Properties, which is the leasing agent for the center.

She said Tuesday that the center's owners began renovations in October and expect them to be finished in mid-April, with a re-grand opening in early May.

At Daniel Village just up the street near Highland Avenue, construction crews are working to prepare the former Bi-Lo supermarket space to house the St. Joseph Hospital Home Health Care Services.

The office is expected to open about July 1, said Sherry Lorenz, spokeswoman for the hospital.

The construction work is part of the $6 million shopping center renovation that new owners started in 1995 after then-Mayor Charles A. DeVaney threatened to condemn Daniel Village. The center, which opened in the mid-1950s, is Augusta's first shopping center.

While a new tenant is preparing to move in, an old one has come back and one is switching places.

Home Folks News and Music reopened an 1,800-square-foot store in Daniel Village last week. The newsstand and cassette and compact disc store was closed there May 19, 1995, and moved to Thomson while renovations at the shopping center took place.

The owners have closed the Home Folks on Peach Orchard Road and moved it to Daniel Village, spokesman Jim Cox said Tuesday.

"Their lease was up and they decided to make a move somewhere they thought was up-and-coming," he said. The Thomson store has been closed because it wasn't attracting enough business, he said.

The Eckerd drug store at the west end of Daniel Village is relocating, too, starting Saturday, when it reopens at its new location in the middle of the shopping center. It will close at 4 p.m. Friday and reopen at 9 a.m. in the new store, said manager Beth Fatolitis.

The new Eckerd will have 1-hour photo developing and a drive-up window to pick up filled prescriptions.