The Oconee County Utility Department has assigned sewer service capacity in Epps Bridge Centre for Kinnucan’s, a speciality outfitter that already had one area store in the Alps Shopping Center on Alps Road in Athens.
The county has not yet issued a building permit for the store, which will be located in an extension of the building now housing Guitar Center.
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The county issued a permit for the construction of the shell of that building on Jan. 6, and construction is underway. The permit listed an estimated completion date of July 30.
According to Utility Department records, Kinnucan’s will use 10,800 square feet of the 13,200-square-foot building. Those records do not list any tenants for the remaining space in the building.
The original Kinnucan’s was located in Auburn, Ala., and concentrated on running footwear, according to the company’s web site. The corporate office is in Auburn.
The store currently sells footwear, cold and warm weather apparel, sunglasses, collegiate goods and women’s fashion.
The company has 11 locations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. In addition to the store in Athens, the company has a store in Columbus.
The existing Athens store is four miles from the Epps Bridge Centre location and caters to the University of Georgia market.
Announced At Banquet
Epps Bridge Centre developer Frank Bishop told those in attendance at the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night that Kinnuca+n’s was coming to the new strip mall on the Oconee Connector at Epps Bridge Parkway.
The Oconee Enterprise quoted Bishop as making the announcement in a story in the paper on that same day.
The county issued the sewer capacity for Kinnucan’s on Dec. 20, the same time when it assigned capacity for all of the 13,200-square-foot building permitted on Jan. 6. I obtained documentation of the sewer capacity allocation from the Utility Department yesterday.
Bishop’s primary message at the Chamber of Commerce banquet was a call for the county to change its laws so it is possible to sell liquor by the drink in restaurants.
NOTE: When I first posted this story, I used the name Guitars Plus rather than Guitar Center, which is correct. The Oconee County Utility Department documents use the incorrect name. I had the picture with the correct name in front of me, and I have used the correct name of Guitar Center in past stories. I should not have made the mistake and thank one of my readers for correcting me.