One big coincidence Augusta announces new store after Columbia Co.

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, July 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Cabela's Outfitter Store is coming to Augusta. The nationwide retail store is bringing 90 full- and part-time jobs with it. It's good news with Augusta's unemployment rate higher than the state and the national average.

Newly released numbers show an increase for the jobless in June.
It means more sales tax dollars and ultimately more revenue for the city.

Augusta leaders are calling this just one big coincidence that they announced this news the day after Bass Pro Shops announces plans for Columbia County.

"It is, and I just got the information today," said Commissioner Corey Johnson.

"This 'us versus them' thing is just ridiculous," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Augusta officials were in talks for five years or more with Bass Pro Shops. They were surprised to hear the store was opening in a different county.

"Would you rather have it across the county line or in south Alabama?" Copenhaver said.

"It was a negotiation that fell through with MG Herring and Bass Pro Shops. I don't have the details on that," said Economic Development Executive Director Walter Sprouse.

The 42,000-square-foot building will open off I-20 at the Riverwatch Village. The company will invest $9 million into this space and could bring thousands of dollars with it.

"So we're looking pretty good here in Augusta-Richmond County. We're doing a lot better than some other county's state and nation for that matter," said Commissioner Alvin Mason.

The unemployment rate for Augusta is 9.3, which is higher than the state and national averages. Leaders are hoping this new outdoor store will help put our area back on the hunt to a strong economy.

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