News 12 at 11 o'clock, September 21, 2010
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The city of North Augusta just rolled out it's plans for renovations to Riverview Park and they've got the blueprints for a new park - Northview. While the city is adding new recreation facilities it's also getting a boost from more businesses moving in.
What's old, is new again in North Augusta. A new Roses Department Store is a name from the past that's part of the plan to bring new life to the city.
"We are very well known here, A lot of customers shopped here as children so it's very nostalgic for them," said Brandy Doerr, Store Manager. "We used to have four or five stores here."
Businesses have come and gone in the recent past,like Steve and Barry's Department Store, but city leaders are hoping the tide has turned. A store like Big Lots, which was once in North Augusta has gone and has come again.
Ivory patten is a working mom who lives, works and shops mainly in North Augusta. She says she's glad to see the city grow with more businesses.
"Very excited, more shopping more stores,"said Patten. "The more businesses that come the more people will come.
And that's what the city leaders are hoping for -- more people.
"The more attention to the North Augusta area, you know more people are going to be attracted and drawn to it,"added Patten.
The jobs will be a draw too. Brandy says they have openings at Roses.
"It's very fulfilling that as a store manager, we can offer up to 50 jobs," said Doerr. "We wish we could offer everyone a job!"
Ivory says she's already seeing a change and she's looking forward to even more progress.
"I think if the city invites the businesses in, that will give the businesses security that they'll have support from the city."
Roses already has two stores in Augusta and Aiken, and operates more than 425 stores across the southeast. The chain has been successful in recent years and that's why they selected North Augusta as a place to expand. The official grand opening is Thursday.