News12 First at Five/ Nov. 26th 2013
Augusta, Ga (WRDW)--- A nationally known developer with Augusta roots is getting ready to spend millions in South Augusta.
Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme will open restaurants in Windsor Square, a shopping complex off Peach Orchard road. City leaders say its a sign that growth is happening all over.
Hungry drivers will soon have new choices when it comes to food on Peach Orchard road. "Chicken and doughnuts for everybody," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.
"This is great news for the entire South Augusta area," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.
Come this time next year the Windsor Square will look a lot different. A Chick-fila and Krispy Kreme Doughnut is being built in the plaza.
"I'm glad to see them opening back up," said South Augusta Resident Richard Heath.
Richard Heath lives in South Augusta. He says the announcement of two big chains mean a lot to what he calls a forgotten area.
"We are in what they call South Augusta. This area gets left out and more people go to West Augusta," said Heath.
The developer Hull Storey Gibson is changing the landscape of Windsor Square. Every building between Dollar General and the post office will be torn down along with the empty stores on the other side of the post office. They'll landscape the empty spaces and add more lighting.
"People have wanted more eating options out this way. It's really an indicator of growth in South Augusta," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Sharon Mcintyre wants to see more in South Augusta around the Goshen area. "We don't have that much out there. We have to come here or downtown," said South Augusta Resident Sharon Mcintyre.
Leaders say this is the beginning of good things for the area. Demolition on the project is supposed to start next year.