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Old 04-13-2010, 10:30 PM
 
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How would this change the balance of power in the retail war in the CSRA. Positive or negative...
Survey finds Columbia County residents want an outlet mall | NBC Augusta 26 | news, weather, sports, community, entertainment, shopping for Augusta, Georgia | Local News
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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I apologize ahead of time for the length of this post, lol.

Wanting something and getting something are two totally different things. IMO, for this to happen, Columbia County would have to either convince a developer to put one in the county, or they would have to build one themselves lol. Outlet Malls locate along interstates, and I don't really see a private developer putting any sort of major retail development anywhere past the Belair Road exit in Columbia County, at least not until the suburbs spread farther out into the rural areas of the county. Until then, we'll keep seeing most of the major retail development being concentrated along I-20 in West Augusta due to it being in almost the exact geographical center of the CSRA. The reason you see these major developments (VaR, WTP, Aug. Exchange, the Mall) in W. Aug., is due to it being convenient to shoppers from Aiken, Columbia, AND Richmond Counties, anything out in Columbia County is really only going to be convenient to people IN Columbia County, and to a lesser extent Richmond County. I personally think that we'll see more large-scale retail begin to sprout up along the interstates in North Augusta (Exits 1 and 5 are going to be a hot spot for development in the coming years) before Columbia County. But, then again, people do travel for miles to go to Outlet Malls, so I could be totally wrong about the whole thing.
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Old 04-14-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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I-20 in West Augusta will start to reach capacity. The remaining land will gone in the next 3-4 years. I-20 along Grovetown in Columbia county, North Augusta in Aiken county, and Thomson in Mcduffie county. I think they all will have a major retail development. In the next 5-10 years.

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Old 04-14-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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Wanting something and getting something are two totally different things.
No one said Columbia County was GETTING an outlet. lol


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Columbia County is really only going to be convenient to people IN Columbia County, and to a lesser extent Richmond County.
That like saying the Augusta Mall only convenience Augustans. I for one would take a trip CC for a Ralph Lauren outlet.


Personally think that we'll see more large-scale retail begin to sprout up along the interstates in North Augusta (Exits 1 and 5 are going to be a hot spot for development in the coming years) before Columbia County. But, then again, people do travel for miles to go to Outlet Malls.
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I think its a toss up between the two, I would lean toward Aiken County because of the ripe land and lack of competition.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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I agree with you about the traveling thing, I too would drive that extra distance to CC to go to the outlet malls, but it all is left up to a developer, and I think that they would find N. Augusta's central location and access to 2 interstates (at exit 5) more appealing.
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