Braelinn shopping center getting huge facelift

Fri, 10/31/2008 - 3:34pm
By: John Munford

The Braelinn Village shopping center is about to get a major exterior renovation thanks to its new owner.

The proposal, unveiled at Monday night’s meeting of the Peachtree City Planning Commission, could well be the largest such project ever undertaken in the city. The entire exterior storefronts will be replaced, along with new signage, and the walkways in front of stores will be rebuilt with decorative stamped concrete.

The schematics showed large landscape islands directly off the walkways with some parking spots for handicap, regular and golf cart parking right on the edge of the walkway.

The entire parking lot will be resurfaced and new landscaping will also be put in the new landscape islands, said John Sebring of The Shopping Center Group. The company plans to erect a new roof over the facility as well.

Also on the works are benches and outdoor music to make the shopping experience more pleasant, Sebring said. There will even be work undertaken behind the shopping center where the cart path connection is.

“We want to create some sort of sense of arrival off that cart path,” Sebring said.

There are also two traffic circles planned for the main entry driveway: one at about the halfway point and the other at the far end nearest the stores. That should improve traffic flow in the center, Sebring said.

Braelinn over the last few years has been plagued by tenant turnover, and Sebring said that was the main reason his company wants to get moving quickly on this project.

Sebring said the shopping center has a significant vacancy problems that is “almost out of control” but the company feels there’s much promise at Braelinn.

“We’re in one of those situations that if you build it they will come,” Sebring said. “... Right now they’re blowing past us.”

The commission evaluated the plans in a workshop format, and a formal vote on the renovation is expected in the coming weeks.

“I think it’s something from a staff level that we’ve been hoping for for a long time and I think they’re certainly going in the right direction,” said City Planner David Rast.

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Submitted by JJPTC on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 4:18pm.

It needs it so bad! Hopefully it will attract new, nice stores to the center....
Can we work on getting Kmart out now?

Submitted by PTC50 on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 6:53pm.

I can remember when the only place to shop here was Kmart. I was glad they were here and am still glad. That's the trouble in this town. Throw out what some don't think is acceptable. I vote for more nail salon's.

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Submitted by opustv on Sat, 11/01/2008 - 11:28pm.

If you really want that shopping center to improve and attract new tenants, force K-mart out of town. That store is a sad eyesore and a miserable shopping experience. Sears/K-mart have no intention of upgrading it in any way. Imagine how nice a Borders, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Michael's, or Steve & Barry's would be there. Most everyone on this side of PTC will drive the extra 3 or 4 miles to go to Target or Wal Mart just to avoid the K-mart. Put it out of business.

Submitted by boo boo on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 10:56pm.

Eye Sore, I think not. Take a look around you, an empty store is an eye sore. K Mart might not be the best but at least it has merchandise in it and I try to shop there to keep it in business so it won't end up being another empty eye sore like what is all around it. Take a look at the empty stores in Fayetteville and PTC, now those are eye sores. My recommendation to Sears who owns Kmart is to fill up that store with Sears products if possible. I was in there the other day looking for paint and supplies, almost nothing. Sears use to have good paint and if they put it in the PTC Kmart I would buy some. At this time in our economy I don't know what store would want to go in there so I will continue to shop there to hopefully help keep them in business until something better comes along...

Submitted by dds56 on Sun, 11/09/2008 - 4:55pm.

I agree with everything that was submitted by boo boo. Without Kroger and K Mart their would be hardly anything left! With todays unemployment being so high, this store is the only one left where a single household income, single working moms or dads, can put layaway up for their families to have a decent Christmas. Look at all the empty buildings in Peachtree City. They are still building more, instead of filling up what is empty....I still do not understand that one?

Submitted by PTC4LIFE on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 4:35pm.

You people kill me. Do you know how you force someone out? You take your business somewhere else and they will eventually close the doors. If they do not, then they must be doing ok, and serving some element of the community.

I'm curious how you propose you FORCE K-Mart out of town?

And to the person who suggested forced occupation of existing space, how do we force them to rent or buy a space? Is that what you were suggesting? If not, then I apologize.

In case people have forgotten, we do STILL live in a free market pro- capitalist society, where the owner of a business takes a risk and is either rewarded or not, and the consumer decides if they want the product. The job of the city is to encourage economic growth, protect its citizens, and provide basic services. Not FORCE a decent business like KMart out of town so you can have the latest greatest stores.


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Submitted by opustv on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 5:45pm.

I think you know what we The community can't "force" them out (unless they say something bad about Obama.) But, K-mart is certainly not a "decent" business. The store's comp sales numbers are down 7% year over year and it is just barely holding on. It is a drag on the sales tax revenue (per retail square foot) generated for municipal services and its poor performance as an anchor store has led to the closings of most of the smaller stores and restaurants in the center. That's how retail business works...great anchors help the smaller stores thrive. Stop shopping there altogether and they will have to move out.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 4:00pm.

This shopping center has needed this for years! I am glad for the new ownership. We, as a community, need to force the zoning and local government to use the existing zoned spaces before new commercial zoning is approved.

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