Burlington Coat Factory, Bealls Outlet, and Home Goods have been announced for the revitalized Arbor Square Shopping Center, located at the intersection of Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard.
As you may have noticed by all of the construction, along with the demolition of the Chevron Station at the corner, Arbor Square Shopping Center is undergoing a major transformation. Originally built in 1977, the shopping center has seen many changes over the decades. In fact, when it was first built, Douglas Boulevard did not even exist. The Highway 5 - Douglas Boulevard area has boomed in the years since the opening of Arbor Place Mall. When the original anchor store of Arbor Square, K-Mart, closed, the prime location didn't seem poised for an ambitious renovation project.
J.R. Connolly, of Connolly Investment and Development, says that his team was waiting for the perfect combination of high quality anchors to spur the major changes taking place now. His firm has been in the business since 1972. In fact, his father headed the original development of Arbor Square and the company has owned the property for four decades. Connolly Investment and Development has developed more than 40 major projects throughout the southeast with a combined valuation of about $280 million.
Burlington Coat Factory will be the largest anchor in the Arbor Square Shopping Center. Chapel Hill News and Views has confirmed that the well known clothing and accessories chain will occupy a vastly remodeled 42,654 square foot space that was once Ben's Antiques and originally K-Mart.
To the right of Burlington, will be Tile and Stone Express, which will move a few doors down and occupy the 20,553 square foot corner location. Tile and Stone Express, popular with the DIY crowd and contractors, will actually make their move this November.
To the left of Burlington will be Home Goods, a home furniture, decorating, and accessories store that offers "an ever changing selection of exciting top brands and home fashions from around the world, at prices generally 20%-60% below department and specialty store regular prices, on comparable merchandise, every day," according to their website.
Bealls Outlet will be next door to Home Goods. Bealls is a Florida based clothing outlet that offers fashion shoppers discounts at up to 70% off retail.
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, a popular tenant since the 1970s, will be remodeling to fit the new feel of the shopping center. The restaurant is also launching some new menu items in the very near future.
The entire shopping center will have a new look. Connolly tells us that there will be a new facade, landscaped islands, new lighting, and the parking lot will be completely repaved. On the corner lot (where Chevron once stood) a new structure will be built. The tenant for that space is not yet finalized, but is likely to be on par with the others already announced. Additionally, a new 2400 square foot structure will be built in the outer parking area in front of Burlington. We're excited to report that this will likely be, pending the standard process for new businesses in the city, Del Taco.
Del Taco has seen a major resurgence, now operating over 550 locations across 15 states, and with a focus on growth in the southeastern and western regions of the United States. Currently, the nearest location for Del Taco fans is in Smyrna.
Mr. Connolly is enthusiastic about the changes at Arbor Square. He reminds us that, with so many major renovations, there will be temporary inconveniences, "There will be times that we have to close one parking lot entrance or another, but there will always be access and we will make the inconveniences as temporary as possible." He adds, "We've had ties to Douglasville for four decades and we wanted this renovation to be what the site and the people of the community deserve."
Because they sought just the right tenants for the renovated space, the project was in development for years. Now, the community gets to join in that anticipation and patience for a few more months. The entire project is expected to be completed in April or May of 2018.
One issue many residents of Douglas County have expressed concern about is the traffic problem heading northbound on Highway 5 in front of the shopping center. Traffic tends to back up at the light at the intersection of Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard. County officials are working on a solution to this issue. According to Rick Martin, Deputy Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, "The Douglas County Department of Transportation (DCDOT) has had recent discussions with GDOT regarding a northbound turn lane being added as a GDOT project. We received a positive response and they are considering adding it to their program."