Augusta Mall premieres new stores

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, November 8, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---It is a first of its kind extreme makeover that city leaders say will mean big bucks for years to come.

"I think it's fabulous. I told someone this morning it reminds me...I feel like I'm in Atlanta," says Elizabeth Rollins.

Elizabeth got one of her first jobs at the Augusta Mall back in 1978. She calls the new look a sign of progress. "I think it means a lot to Augusta that we're growing in the right direction."

Karen Green is one of many out at the grand opening. "I came over here because this is really one of the few places to shop. We don't have this in North Augusta."

Mayor Pro-Tem Betty Beard says she is sold. "You know, I can't get over the fountain. This is absolutely beautiful. It's something we've needed for a long time."

"They've done their research. They know Augusta can support it. And they were willing to invest millions of dollars into our local economy, which is a good thing," says Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

"Let's just say this was a very significant investment on the part of General Growth Properties to this Augusta market," says Troy Benson, VP of asset management for General Growth Properties. "It shows the confidence we have in the market."

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