COLUMBIA COUNTY, GEORGIA – Destination: Columbia County!
News Channel 6 told you about plans underway for new retail development behind Lady Antebellum Pavilion. The behind the scenes work on The Plaza at Evans Towne Center and other projects in the area have one thing in common – how can each center offer something different for visitors.
Developers of The Plaza says they are catering to more mom-and-pop retailers and restaurants, something Mullins Crossing currently doesn’t offer. Yet both of the developments aim give the community more options.
Since it’s opening several years ago, Mullins Crossing has brought in many big name retailers and chain restaurants to Columbia County, such as Marshalls and Petco.
Columbia County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ron Cross says as of right now no building designs for Mullins Crossing Phase 2 have been submitted to the Commission for review. He believes that road work in the area has slowed down the project.
“Get all of that dirt out of that is going to the River Watch Expansion. So that they can do their layout and see how the total development is going to go,” Cross told WJBF News Channel 6.
The Chairman says the plans, for the large empty lot next to Kohl’s, will be similar to what’s already in place in Phase 1. Cross says, the addition to the current Mullins Crossing Shopping Center won’t affect the future Evans City Center development, known as The Plaza, which will feature specialty retailers instead of national retailers.
“They like the big-boxes with some smaller supporting stores around them,” said Cross.
The Plaza at Evans Towne Center is going to include more unique options for shoppers and while there is room for 1 larger retailer, it would still not be nearly the size of a store on the Mullins Crossing strip.
“I don’t think we will be in direct competition. We don’t have any big-box space, we’re [offering] professional . Which is something they don’t offer in those big type developments,” said Lionel Prather, Meybohm Realtors Vice President of Commercial Realtor.
Since both developments are close enough to each other, the community could visit both in one day.
“That’s what I am excited about. I think it will be a destination,” said President of Meybohm Realtors Mike Polatty.
All the new development will bring many new jobs to Columbia County. Phase 1 of The Plaza at Evans Towne Center alone is expected to bring in more than 300 new jobs to the area.