Mon, April 22, 2024

Retail

Consumer Stories

CSRA retailer rises from the smoke to a sweet new location

It’s been a wild ride for True Aiken shop owner, Sarah Dodge since the first of the year. That might seem appropriate for a retailer smack in the middle of Aiken’s horse country and whose first sales came from last year’s Steeplechase event in November. Response was great for her line of merchandise, much of which is Aiken-branded. In January, Dodge opened at 311 Hayne Avenue SW. Less than two months later, the office next door caught fire and the smoke damage was too much, resulting in the closing of

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Closings

DIY franchise closing in CSRA; other location remains

An Evans franchisee decided to close up shop after three years in business. April Barbin and Lindsay Gay posted on Facebook that they were closing their AR Workshop. According to their website, they are cousins by marriage and best friends. AR Workshop opened originally in the shopping center outside the Riverwood Subdivision late in the last decade and the owners sold in April and June of 2021. https://augustabusinessdaily.com/evans-diy-business-sold-to-new-owners/ They are located next door to Rooted Coffeehouse at 3116 William Few Parkway and offer hands-on classes for creating custom, charming home

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B2B Stories

Berry good season for ca$h crops

Manufacturing and construction may come to mind for big business, but in Georgia and South Carolina, agriculture is top dog, bringing in more than $126 billion according to the two states Departments of Agriculture. What is the number one fruit in America? In Georgia and South Carolina, you might think of a peach. However, it’s a plump, juicy, sweet strawberry. Right now is prime time for buying baskets of berries or visiting farms where you pick’em. McCurley Farms in North, S.C. is one of the largest family farms in the

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B2B Stories

Company dances its way into new shopping center

A dance studio is taking up three of the five open spots at a new shopping center getting ready to open this summer, according to its developer/agent, Billy Franke. It’s located on the new section of the Riverwatch Parkway in Evans and across from the new Junior Achievement Discovery Center near Columbia Industrial Boulevard. Franke says the yet-to-be-named dance studio will occupy the three middle bays for a total of 5,400 square feet. Both end caps units are available and he’s flexible on his choice of tenants. “I got very

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B2B Stories

Major regional convenience store ready to take on local competitor

Crews are pumping out the work sunup to sundown to try and get Parker’s Kitchen open as soon as possible in 2024. Parker’s new neighbor directly across the street on William Few Parkway and Washington Road is The Pumping Station (TPS). The locally owned service station and convenience store have made significant changes in the last few months to prepare for Parker’s. They’ve installed new digital pumps to be more efficient and more attractive on in-store promotions. TPS has upped its game on food which has a much higher profit.

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Consumer Stories

Restaurant and Retail update in North Augusta

The #1 item on the wish list for North Augustans has been more restaurants. It’s about to come true later this year. ABDs learned that at least three new eateries have signed on to be part of the new Beacon Bluff’s development adjacent to North Augusta’s Municipal Building. “Melty,” a national franchise features cheesy melt sandwiches like grilled cheese, burgers, French dip, Ham and Swiss, and much more. Visit www.lovemelty.com to see the full menu of items coming to North Augusta. Beacon Bluff’s management team was not able to name

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Consumer Stories

State of GA/SC Retail

The National Retail Federation is out with its 4th annual State of Retail and the Consumer, essentially the industry trade organization’s State of the Union report. ABD attended NRF’s March 20 Zoom event, led by Matthew Shay, President and CEO. NRF predicts retail sales will increase between 2.5% and 3.5% in 2024. That represents an economic impact between $5.23 trillion and $5.28 trillion. “The resiliency of consumers continues to power the American economy, and we are confident there will be moderate but steady growth through the end of the year,”

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B2B Stories

Major retailer coming to North Augusta

A former grocery store in North Augusta will become a third location in the Aiken-Augusta area for a major national retail business. Hobby Lobby has signed a lease to move into the former BI-LO on Edgefield Road. It is in the Edgewood Square Shopping Center at 101 Edgewood Drive. BI-LO closed the store in 2019. The space briefly was home to the OTB Bargain Outlet. The location is halfway between at least five grocery stores on Edgefield Road from Walnut Lane to E. Martintown Road, making finding a new tenant

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Closings

Iconic retailer with an Augusta location announces store closings

Macy’s, which has an anchor store in the Augusta Mall, has announced massive store closings, including 50 by the end of this year and another 100 underperforming stores to close by the end of 2026. Although the full list of store closings has not been released, in an official statement requested by ABD, Macy’s corporate communications confirmed Macy’s Augusta Mall will remain open. “Our new strategy is designed to return Macy’s, Inc. to profitable growth and enhance the customer experience,” the statement explained. “We intend to close approximately 150 Macy’s

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Awards/Celebrations

7 Brew Coffee celebrates 7 years with special offers

The drive-thru coffee concept with two Augusta locations started their birthday celebration on Valentine’s Day, because who doesn’t love coffee? Yet another reason to celebrate, 7 Brew is quickly approaching its 200th location, doubling its presence nationwide since June 2023. “The explosive growth we’ve seen since our founding shows that cultivating kindness and offering a stellar product can bring a brand to the next level,” said CeCe LaBorde, president of 7 Brew corporate locations. “We wanted to take this birthday to celebrate our customers who have embraced 7 Brew wholeheartedly.” You can

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