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USA Discounters moving into local shopping plaza
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Space is filling up at the Liberty Square Plaza as another national company moves in for business.
USA Discounters will take the 23,000 square foot warehouse space next to the Peebles on West Hendry Street in Hinesville.
The old Winn Dixie supermarket closed in 2005 and Peebles department store took the space about 18 months later, according to Louis Lipsitz, property manager with A.J.C. Garfunkel & Co., representatives of the shopping center.
USA Discounters entered a lease with the landlord about a month ago.
“The first thing we did was gut everything that was a grocery story,” Lipsitz said.
Plans are to have the financing company open by mid-September.
USA Discounters caters to the military and civil service employees, offering credit and financing help on appliances and other large ticket purchases.
Construction crews for the local store are working on the floor. Repainting and redoing the back loading dock will happen soon. A drop-in ceiling will also be installed.
Finishing touches include an overhaul to the front of the building and new signs.
For area residents, another chain store may mean more jobs.
Just the fact another national business picked Hinesville is proof of vitality in the Liberty County business market, according to Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kenny Smiley.
“I feel we’re still a prime target for business,” Smiley said. “Even with recent announcement about the 5th BCT not coming, I still feel we’re in a prime location for new businesses to locate.”
USA Discounters has more than 12 locations across the country, with most near military bases.
“You’ll know they’re here,” Lipsitz said of the company. “They’re a very good neighbor for the town, very supportive of the military.”
No word yet on anyone taking the empty building Goody’s left after succumbing to region wide bankruptcy this January.
“We work with some of the different brokers and property managers trying locate new tenants. That’s an on-going [process],” Smiley said.
He touted the military and the county’s coastal location as an attraction for, not only businesses, but the government.
“I strongly do believe that we will see some additional soldiers coming our way,” Smiley said. “It might just take a little longer.”
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