Facelift begins: Braelinn stores staying open

Facelift begins: Braelinn stores staying open

Fri, 09/04/2009 – 3:53pm
By: John Munford

The massive renovation of the Braelinn Village shopping center has begun.

The stores there will remain open during the entire process, including the Kroger and the “Big K” Kmart, said Peachtree City Development Authority Chairman Mark Hollums. That’s important for residents to know because the goal of the entire project is to modernize the look of the facility.

The project is being paid for by the shopping center’s new ownership and is being managed by The Shopping Center Group. The development authority has been working with Braelinn store owners in an effort to help them overcome various issues.

The nine-month project includes a brand-new facade for the entire length of the shopping center stretching from the Kmart to the El Ranchero. It also includes a new parking lot, brick sidewalks, curbside parking, new landscaping and signage.

The developer is even including a golf cart charging station for shoppers’ convenience.

Hollums said the authority has been working with a group of Braelinn business owners and also is sponsoring a retail study authored by Georgia Tech to provide suggestions for the area. The dramatic retail growth at the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74 along with that on Hwy. 54 west has also hurt the Braelinn shopping center, Hollums said.

Braelinn is the city’s largest shopping center at 225,000 square feet, compared to The Avenue’s 189,000 square feet.

Development Authority member Todd Strickland said a class at Georgia Tech is working with the DAPC to study the village concept on a variety of levels including the branding of each village, housing, healthcare and other issues.

The city is also considering a change to its village signs, adopting a new logo for each village and perhaps including directional arrows as part of the signs.

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