Lofts at Mercer Village Breaks Ground, Announces Retailers

Mercer Village will welcome new business neighbors in early 2011. The Lofts at Mercer Village mixed-used development announced its first-floor retailers during its April 22 ground-breaking ceremony. Joining the Barnes & Noble at Mercer University will be restaurants Fountain of Juice and Margarita’s Mexican Grill and Designer Tan, a tanning salon.

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The three businesses are opening additional locations and are owned and operated by local proprietors Natasha and Carl Phillips (Fountain of Juice), Rafael Rodriguez (Margarita’s Mexican Grill), and Nicole Ramsbottom (Designer Tan). The new locations will create approximately 36 new jobs in the area, which serves as an anchor for the College Hill Corridor.

The Mercer Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, will move from its current location in Penfield Hall on the interior of the campus and will take up approximately half of the retail space in The Lofts at Mercer Village. It plans to be open and operating by January 2011.

Sierra Development President Jim Daws said he received immediate interest in the retail space when the development was announced late last year. “We were actually able to choose the retailers who would create the best mix for the vision of a vibrant place to live and hang out,” he said. “The retailers, including those already established in Mercer Village, will be able to feed off each other’s success and create a destination area on Macon’s map.”

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