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Former West Augusta gym, supermarket and salon buildings are getting a new purpose

A new, indoor, climate-controlled storage facility is in the middle of the demolition phase, with the hopes of a Grand Opening in the next several months.

Chaplin and Sons in Augusta is demolishing the interior of the far left plaza on Walton Way Extension (see photo above) that used to be home to Aqua Salon, Harris Teeter and then Gold’s Gym.

Several construction workers from Chaplin and Sons demolition are cleaning out the inside of the former Gold’s Gym|Harris Teeter building all the way to the end cap, which used to house Aqua Salon and most recently Poteet and Sons (photo by Neil Gordon)

Most recently, Poteet and Sons had offices for their crematory division of the funeral home inside the former Aqua Salon building. Poteet moved to Shaw Street in Martinez and the Walton climate-controlled indoor self storage will be taking all of the available spaces on the far left.

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Max Vallotton, who is celebrating his 15th anniversary of Gate 5 Self Storage is actively involved in his industry associations in Georgia and says there are about 80 self-storage facilities in the CSRA and our region has about 50% more self storage space than the national average.

“Everybody has too much stuff they don’t want to get rid of,” said Vallotton for an April story on his industry.

Vallotton says the combination of Covid-19 time spent at home remodeling along with the influx of military and cyber personnel has led to a bit of an “overbuilt industry” of self-storage space in the CSRA.

The new, indoor self-storage units on Walton Way Extension will be two-story and ready around the end of 2021 or early 2022 according to construction workers on site.

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