Fri, April 12, 2024

Augusta BizBitz

Here’s four quick tidbits you may not know about with CSRA businesses!

University Hospital and Piedmont

What ABD is hearing, is that final details are getting worked out on government regulations etc. to conclude the transaction for Piedmont to take over University Hospital and begin to pump $1 Billion into the local hospital system. The first noticeable change you’ll see is the retirement of the name “University Hospital”. The UH brand will be known as Piedmont Augusta (much like branding shown in photo) and I’m told this could happen as soon as February or March. Piedmont has done this after making many acquisitions in cities like Fayette, Newton, Athens and other Georgia cities.

Serenity Day Spa in West Augusta


I heard from Owner Laurie Pratt recently, who is out of state and is a faithful member of the ABD anyhow! She had her best month EVER in December in total revenue— thanks in part to 60% of the business coming from holiday gift certificate purchases! (I’m not sure I’d pamper myself, but I’d LOVE it as a gift)!

She is also growing and in need of an office/spa manager that can handle a fast-paced, yet mature environment. Visit to learn more.

Broad Street landmark still for sale

I bumped into Fred Daitch at the Village Deli last week and I asked him if he closed on the sale of 1216/1218 Broad Street yet? He had a serious buyer through Meybohm Commercial, and it turned out to be an outdoor sporting goods type company.

It fell through— Fred hoped the approximate $1.7 Million deal would happen for obvious reasons, and also because of the fit between the buyer and Augustan’s love for spending time on the Riverwalk, Canal, Greenway and more outdoor venues nearby.

His International Uniforms retail shop and Golf caddy business is still open in that building.

Creative funding for higher education

So nice to hear from our new member Ed Presnell, Regional Business Executive for Peach State Federal Credit Union. I first met Ed a little more than 20 years when he was President of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce in that odd building on 6th and Broad! We LOVE doing what we call “Good Deeds” stories in Augusta Business Daily. Please click here to read Josh Heath’s story of how Ed quarterbacked efforts for the Credit Union’s 60th Anniversary to give $60,000 and then some for a local school.

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