More retailers commit to mall

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.

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.

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.

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