Wednesday, February 5, 2014

1500 More Jobs Bringing Outlet Mall to Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (AL DALLAS) - Premier Outlets, a division of Ben Carter Enterprises, announced today that it is planning a 400,000 square foot fashion outlet mall to open in Fall 2015.  The mall is to be located at I-20 and Riverwatch Parkway (exit 200) next to Costco, Cabela’s and Georgia Theatre.

Ben Carter said, “We think the location with the exposure from I-20 at Riverwatch Parkway will provide great access from a regional trade area of 50 miles.  Lake Oconee to the west and Columbia to the east, plus the Augusta trade area include approximately 1.5 million residents.  We have received very good initial interest from our key retailers.  After breaking ground on our Savannah project in August of this year, it is natural to introduce Premier Outlets of Augusta to our retailers.”

Quito Anderson, CEO of Ben Carter Enterprises said, “... a fashion outlet mall brings retailers to a market that look at a large trade area and attracts retailers that might not be in the local mall.  We believe the shopping experience will be an exciting addition for the Augusta community.   We expect our project will contribute an investment of $200 million and create 1500 new jobs.”

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver said, "The addition of the Premier Outlets of Augusta to our already strong retail sector will undoubtedly build on our city's growing reputation as a regional shopping destination while helping to continue the positive growth of our local economy.  A thriving retail sector is a clear indication of a growing city and the Premier Outlets of Augusta will provide high quality retail options to our local citizens as well as families and individuals throughout our region.  I would like to personally thank Ben Carter Enterprises for choosing Augusta and I look forward to a long term community partnership with a truly first-class organization."

Ben Carter Enterprises is a commercial real estate firm specializing in outlet and conventional retail and mixed-use development.  Benjamin M. Carter founded the company and its predecessor company, Ben Carter Properties, with the core philosophy of understanding the needs of both the shopper and the retailer and developing the highest quality project in the best location.

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