Curious shoppers have already been checking out the goods at the new Kohl's store, which had a "soft opening" Sunday in the Mullins Crossing shopping center.
For those who haven't made it to the Evans store yet, Kohl's holds a grand opening at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Employees have spent the past few weeks stocking the store with men's, women's and children's clothing and shoes, fashion accessories, small home appliances and cosmetics.
The Evans location is the 21st store in Georgia for the Wisconsin-based retailer, and in celebration, all Georgia Kohl's stores will feature sales in honor of the grand opening, according to a company news release.
Also, the first 500 shoppers 16 and older at Thursday morning's grand opening will receive a free, custom-printed tote bag, according to the news release.
"We're excited to expand our presence in this great community," said Jeff Underwood, Kohl's regional manager, in a news release.
Meanwhile, Target will hold its own "soft opening" of the new Evans store today to prepare its staff for the store's grand opening Sunday, said store team leader Anthony Childress.
Childress said this past week that his store will be ready to go.
"We've got about four or five more trucks to take; it takes about 35 to fill the store up," he said. "We're long past excited, we're ready to be open."
Also opening Thursday is the new Chick-fil-A restaurant at Mullins Crossing.
At 6 a.m. Thursday, the first 100 customers in line will receive a year's supply of combo meals, which amounts to 52 store coupons, according to a company news release. Customers were allowed to start lining up outside the building today at 6 a.m.
Work crews are still putting the finishing touches on landscaping outside the main complex.
Clay Hood Construction is erecting the steel structure of an island of additional retail outlets closer to Washington Road.
Last month, Mullins Crossing developer Frank Mullins said he was in negotiations with potential tenants but could not reveal the names of the companies.
Construction on the retail island along Washington Road should be completed by the first quarter of 2006, Mullins said.
The junior anchors of the main shopping complex, which include Babies "R" Us, Ross and Petco, also should be open for business by that time, he said.
The Columbia County News-Times ©2013. All Rights Reserved.