Here comes development for South Augusta, but what about Regency Mall?

Monday, April 15, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

More businesses and jobs are headed to South Augusta. (Source: WRDW)

SOUTH AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Businesses and jobs are coming to Augusta. We're learning at least one new grocery store along with a big auto company that will bring around 100 jobs is coming to South Augusta.

The doors at the Save-A-Lot are closed, but the Augusta Economic Development Authority says it will soon be a new grocery store. It’s just one of the things they have planned for South Augusta.

In the past 30 years, Tim McFall has watched South Augusta transform right before his eyes.

"I've been here for over 30 years and there was a time when South Augusta was the place to go to buy a lot of the things that you look for in the retail and commercial side,” McFall said.

Now he's the man in charge of bringing retail and commercial back to South Augusta as it continues to grow.

“They need to bring more stuff down here,” McFall said.

So far, McFall says there's more than $3 million worth of investments planned for the area, including a two new grocery stores and what they're calling an automotive entity that will create jobs.

"Eighty-five to 90 percent of the jobs that have been created in South Augusta have been manufacturing and industrial, we're going to change that,” McFall said.

While some areas are developed, there's still one eyesore in South Augusta -- Regency Mall. Mcfall says they haven't forgotten about it.

“We believe something excellent is going to happen at that site,” McFall said. “It’s just got to be the right project with the right developer and getting the right price for the property from the property owner.”

The Augusta Economic Development Authority says we can expect to see the grocery stores and the automotive entity open up in about 12 to 16 months.