More retailers commit to mall

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The Garden City soon will see more than a half-dozen new stores and possibly a new hotel as Augusta Mall nears completion of its multimillion-dollar makeover.

Construction is under way on the new lifestyle center at Augusta Mall. The mall is expected to unveil the new project during the first week of November.  Kendrick Brinson/Staff
Kendrick Brinson/Staff
Construction is under way on the new lifestyle center at Augusta Mall. The mall is expected to unveil the new project during the first week of November.

Retailers Barnes & Noble, Select Comfort - maker of Sleep Number beds - and shoe store The Walking Co., along with restaurants The Chop House and McAllister's Deli, will move into the mall's 180,000-square-foot outdoor shopping center set to open this fall, Linda Hardin said Thursday in a presentation to the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Barnes & Noble Inc. spokeswoman Lenore Feder confirmed in an e-mail that the company's current bookstore on Augusta West Parkway will close in August, reopening at the mall in the spring.

Meanwhile, shoe store Sketchers and teen clothing retailers Hollister and The Buckle will move into the mall, where the promenade is now being remodeled.

"It's a great lineup," Ms. Hardin said.

Mall spokeswoman Erreca White said in an e-mail that clothier Aerie, a division of American Eagle Outfitters, also will move into the store's interior.

Ms. Hardin said landing a hotel on the property could happen in the future and that there is a "big market here."

After the presentation, she said the mall is only in preliminary talks with developers and that a hotel would "probably be several years down the road."

"It's taken 2 years to develop this," she said of the lifestyle center expansion.

The project marks the fifth expansion for the 29-year-old mall on Wrightsboro Road. Construction on the outdoor village began in January. The mall is expected to unveil the project in the first week of November.

Reach Laura Youngs at (706) 823-3227 or laura.youngs@augustachronicle.com.

CONFIRMED STORES


- White House Black Market


- Williams-Sonoma


- Ann Taylor Loft


- Coach


- Coldwater Creek


- Banana Republic


- Dick's Sporting Goods


- P.F. Chang's China Bistro


- J. Jill


- Chico's

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Lysa
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Lysa 06/22/07 - 09:05 am
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wow,Augusta Mall can possibly

wow,Augusta Mall can possibly be like Riverchase Galleria,but i'd would to see some store like J.Crew,The Sharper Image,and possibly Lucky Brand Jeans,but I'm glad that we will get stores exclusive outside of Atlanta and restaurants(I'm excited about P.F.Chang's China Bistro).

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georgiasouthern 06/22/07 - 03:29 pm
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I am very impressed with

I am very impressed with their line up which is by far better than what Columbiana in Columbia or Haywood in Greenville has to offer. I noticed for every list of stores anounced everybody list other stores that they want to come to the mall. The mall can only hold so much but the good news is that the Villages at Riverwatch is opening next year so hopefully stores such as Crate and Barrell, Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, The Sharper Image and maybe a Bass Proshop will open there making Augusta the premere shopping destination outside of Atlanta. I cant wait until everything opens.

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pja5529 06/23/07 - 02:03 pm
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Bass Proshop is actually

Bass Proshop is actually considering a location on Wheeler Rd. But I think it would be better for them to go to the Village at Riverwatch.

Lysa
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Lysa 06/23/07 - 10:42 pm
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to me,Augusta has a growing

to me,Augusta has a growing retail market thats so far catching up with the Atlanta market & Savannah market.Only stores like J.Jill,
Williams-Sonoma,Coach,The Walking Company,P.F.Chang's China Bistro,etc.Like georgiasouthern said,it is far more better than at Columbiana Centre in Columbia and Haywood Mall in Greenville.It's good that we're getting stores like them because I've seen malls like Be-Air Mall in Mobile reject store like Restoration Hardware but they move to the suburbs of Mobile such as Spanish Fort.Most of Georgia's larger cities like Augusta (of course),Savannah,and Macon are all getting new shopping centers.In Savannah,I've heard there getting a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.In Macon,I've heard they are getting a new Dillard's,but I thing Augusta has gained the upper hand in this situation.Heck,I wouldn't be suprised if Augusta Mall or Village at Riverwatch get a J.Crew,The Sharper Image,BCBG,bebe,Aldo,Rangoni Firenze,Tommy Bahama,United Colors of Benneton,Cole Haan,or for that matter a Pottery Barn,but one thing is for sure,can't wait until it opens.

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AugustaRaider 06/24/07 - 09:17 am
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I think the hold up has to do

I think the hold up has to do with the fact that they're getting their rear-ends kicked by the Augusta Mall. I heard on the tv news a few weeks go that Dillards and Belk were partners with the developer and that they were still "committed" to the development.

Who'd a thought that the Augusta Mall would turn into something this big?

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