Hundreds lined up in Martintown Plaza on Oct. 10 for the grand re-opening of Belk of North Augusta, which is now more than 20,000 square feet larger.
Mayor Lark Jones, members of the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, store associates and more than 500 people who had lined up were among those present to celebrate the store’s expansion.
The turnout is evidence of how much North Augusta supports Belk, said store manager Stella Northington.
“This is phenomenal,” she said of the turnout. “…North Augusta has supported us so much, even during the remodel. This really is a great community.”
The store’s expansion project began in April and was completed in mid-September. The additional space has enabled the store to expand its assortment of brands and items offered to customers.
The community’s support of the store contributed to the decision to expand, said Sandy Foskey, regional vice president for the Columbia, S.C. market, which includes North Augusta.
“North Augusta has the most amazing customer base,” he said.
The store also showed its community support by presenting a $5,000 donation to North Augusta 2000 during the ceremony. The nonprofit organization is currently in its capital fundraising campaign and the donation will go towards the $1.5 million goal, said chairman Tom Greene.
Funds raised by North Augusta 2000 will support initiatives that will be implemented in the North Augusta community over the next five years, said executive director Kathy Gilliland.