A large shopping center coming to Hinesville will feature several nationally known brands when it is completed in April 2017.
Confirmed Monday, some of the stores coming to the Oglethorpe Square shopping center include Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx, PetSmart, and LongHorn Steak House.
The 24.58-acre development will be between Wal-Mart Supercenter and Ralph Quarterman Drive on Highway 84.
The project is expected to break ground in May, according to Kenneth Howard, the executive director of the Hinesville Development Authority.
From where the project started to what stores eventually came to the table, “I think this project essentially has exceeded our expectation,” Howard said.
The project is a public-private partnership between HDA and the developer, Hutton, which recently completed the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on East Gen. Stewart Way, according to Howard.
“We’re bringing to Hinesville retailers that have never been here before,” said Jamey Flegal, the director of real estate at Hutton. “We’re bringing names and we think it’s going to be a great amenity for the citizens of Hinesville. And there’s a lot of other great names who are coming that we just can’t announce quite yet.”
The HDA also worked with Georgia Southern University to analyze the economic impact of the shopping center on Hinesville, Howard said.
The shopping center is estimated to bring $40 million in annual retail sales, raise $400,000 in annual Local Option Sales Tax revenue and $105,000 in annual property tax revenue, for Hinesville and hire more than 250 full-time positions with an estimated $10 million payroll, according to an information sheet provided by the HDA on the project.
The project will contain a total of 12 new businesses on 179,000 square feet of new retail space — 155,000 square feet in the primary development (with seven businesses) and 24,000 square feet in five outparcels for the remaining businesses, the fact sheet states.