Originally created 01/27/99

Goody's stores to relocate in August



Goody's Family Clothing plans to relocate two stores in the Augusta area in August. The changes are part of a company-wide upgrade of stores and "new look," a company spokeswoman said.

"We've been working hard to be more consistent with that look," Goody's spokeswoman Pam Williams said. "In Augusta we also had the opportunity to relocate."

Goody's, based in Knoxville, Tenn., has upgraded more than half of its 257 stores in the past two years with new racks and a more "elegant, updated" look, Ms. Williams said.

The company plans to move its 12-year-old store at Village Plaza Center off Bobby Jones Expressway to a new 40,000 square-foot building at the Augusta Exchange near Wheeler Road; and its 9-year-old store in Colony Plaza Center store off Windsor Spring Road to a new 22,560 square-foot building on Georgetown Drive in south Richmond County.

The store at the Augusta Exchange shopping center will be larger than the chain's average size. Most stores range from 25,000 to about 35,000 square feet. It also will be located close to department stores such as Target.

The Augusta Exchange is a rapidly expanding shopping center with department stores, restaurants and a grocery store. A 20-screen movie theater is slated to open there later this year.

Ms. Williams did not know why Goody's was moving to Georgetown Drive, but said it was probably a good real estate deal.

Frank Witsil can be reached at (706) 823-3352.