Plans for outlet mall canceled for Village at Riverwatch Shopping Center

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Friday, Aug. 22, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- News 12 has confirmed plans for an outlet mall in Augusta have been scrapped.

Developer Ben Carter confirms the proposal has been pulled after failing to attract necessary anchor stores.

We received this statement from the company's media representative: "Ben Carter Enterprises is no longer pursing the project. Our vision was to build fashion outlet mall with Polo, Michael Kors, & Coach. Sadly, the right anchor stores are not showing interest and it's not the right time."

The groundbreaking for the outlet mall was supposed to happen in December. The plan was to open it in Spring 2016 in time for Masters Week.

“While the Augusta retail trade area’s strong demographics remain attractive, I have decided to focus my efforts on the restoration of Broughton Street in Savannah’s Historic District and the development and lease-up of Tanger Outlets Savannah in Pooler,” Carter said in a release. “On Broughton Street we have committed more than $75 million and are restoring and renovating more than three dozen. Beyond Savannah, we are seeking similar opportunities across the Southeast to restore additional downtown areas to their former retail glory.”

The planned movie theater will still be built in the shopping center.

The outlet mall was supposed to bring around 1,500 news jobs to the area.

News 12 is working to gather more information. Stay tuned to News 12 Midday and for more details.

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