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Bealls offers some good news in local retail
Jan Moore 2009
Jan Moore
    I know some of the news has been glum lately, and I also know that some local establishments have not weathered the storm as we had hoped they might.
    The Jaman Caribbean Café on Highway 301 South has called it quits. The Paper Doll, beloved by many a young lady in this area, will be relocating to the Oglethorpe Mall for the next few months. Apparently the lease terms offered by the mall were just too good to pass up for the interim. Hopefully, they will return.
    However, amongst some of the disappointing news is some good news.  Beall’s Outlet in the Statesboro Mall opened quietly  on September  25  with a formal, grand opening celebration slated for this coming Friday. According to the information provided by the company, promotions will include a $5 gift card giveaway to the first 300 shoppers each day on Friday and Saturday, a drawing for a $100 shopping spree, and a weekend coupon will part of the celebration as well.
    In conjunction with the store’s grand opening on Friday, there will be a ribbon cutting at 11:00 a.m. and a fashion show at 3:30 p.m. in the center court of the mall. The 25,000 square foot store is located in the former Goody’s location.  
    Beall’s Outlet Stores are a division of a family and employee owned corporation, Beall’s Inc., which operates Beall’s Department Stores in Florida, Beall’s Outlet Stores in Florida, Georgia and Arizona, and Burke’s Outlet Stores  scattered throughout the southeast, southwest, and west coast. Beall’s Outlet is part of a fast growing chain with more than 425 stores across the Sunbelt.
    Another bit of good news is that I received official confirmation from Mark Jaronski, director of communications for Olive Garden, that construction for the Statesboro restaurant should be underway in the next few weeks with a spring opening planned. “The building will be our 7500 square foot Tuscan Farmhouse design,” Jaronski said. “We plan to hire 120 to 150 team members.”
    Last, but not least, Chow Time Buffet has opened in the former Golden Corral location at the intersection of Savannah Avenue and Northside Drive (new entrance to Statesboro High School), and there have been lots of cars parked out front.
    As a friend strongly pointed out to me over the weekend, it is critical right now that we support the businesses that are here in Bulloch County. I know times are difficult, but let’s all do what we can to help each other out.
    So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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