One of South Hall County’s oldest shopping centers is about to get its first face-lift in almost 40 years and is expected to attract new businesses, including an Aldi grocery store.
The property owner, Atlanta-based Selig Enterprises, plans to spend $1.5 million on the renovation at College Square Shopping Center, which sits off Mundy Mill and Frontage roads in Oakwood.
Selig is leasing part of the center to Aldi, which has plans for a 19,000-square-foot store. Aldi officials confirmed the lease, saying the store is slated to open in late 2014, spokesman Daniel Hernandez said.
The Aldi will be in the old Bodyplex location. Bodyplex moved out of the center to a location off Mundy Mill near McEver Road.
Selig has plans to renovate the 104,000-square-foot shopping center — which it has owned for 15-20 years — from the old Food Lion grocery store to the Mundy Mill end of the center, said Bill Stogner, the company’s senior vice president.
The center, which opened in 1975, will feature a new brick-and-stone exterior, as well as awnings and planters.
“It’s going to be real pretty,” Stogner said. “We’ve done painting and stuff, but it’s never gotten a face-lift like this. The last time we did anything was when we expanded (the center to) put in Food Lion.”
Food Lion closed in February 2010. Tractor Supply Co. opened later, taking half of the old Food Lion space, Stogner said.
Stogner also is working to bring other stores to the shopping center, but he couldn’t give further details.
“Snagging the Aldi deal has increased interest in the center from other national retailers,” he said.
Overall, Stogner said he is excited about the changes to the center.
“We like the community, and it’s growing,” he said.
Oakwood is going through a revitalization of sorts in that part of town, including construction of a new Hardee’s restaurant, hotel renovations, the opening of Captain D’s and Steak ‘n Shake restaurants, and the makeover of another older shopping center, Merchants Crossing.