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Martinez shopping center not auctioned off

Posted: June 19, 2012 - 11:07pm  |  Updated: June 20, 2012 - 10:17am
Bobby Jones Plaza, which contained Mike's Furniture, was scheduled to be auctioned off at the Appling courthouse on June 5. The sale did not happen, because the property is not being foreclosed on.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Bobby Jones Plaza, which contained Mike's Furniture, was scheduled to be auctioned off at the Appling courthouse on June 5. The sale did not happen, because the property is not being foreclosed on.

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Though on the auction block, a Martinez shopping center has not been sold.

Bobby Jones Plaza, once anchored by Mike’s Furniture, was set to be auctioned off at the Appling courthouse June 5, but the sale did not go forward, said Atlanta attorney Ashley Thompson, who represents the lender of the bank note.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to be foreclosed on,” she said, adding that future foreclosure notices have not been scheduled.

The property was purchased by Bobby Jones Plaza LLC in January 2007 for $4.2 million.

It’s now valued at about $3 million, according to Columbia County’s mapping system.

The shopping center at the corner of Bobby Jones Expressway and Rose Lane is nearly vacant. Mike’s Furniture has since closed and the few storefronts attached to the 29,900-square-foot space sit empty.

A Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store at the front of the center closed in April, but Jiffy Lube remains open, said a manager there. He was unaware about the foreclosure.

James Hull is listed as the registered agent for Bobby Jones Plaza LLC, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Web site.

A sign naming Hull Storey Gibson Companies LLC as the leasing company hung in front of the center, but Senior Vice President of Leasing Ky Widener said they no longer handle the property and did not provide a contact for who does.

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