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September 24, 2004

Valdosta - Shoppers have been pleading for it for years. "We have to go our of town just to get better things," said Ebony Johnson. "It definitely needs a couple more stores," said Stacy Echevarria.

Now their wish is finally coming true. "It's going to redefine Valdosta and the mall area," said Mayor John Fretti.

Construction will soon begin on a 100,000 square foot addition to Colonial Mall of Valdosta, with nine brand new stores. "We project about 30 million dollars in added sales, and another 200 jobs in the community," said John Hughey, Mall Representative.

The new addition will be built on the side of the mall facing Norman Drive. Mall representatives won't comment on what stores are moving in yet, but they promise customers will be very happy. "We've been guaranteed that all spots will be filled by retailers that don't currently serve the city of Valdosta," said Fretti.

And these shoppers are hoping their favorites will be on the list. "I'd love to see the GAP or Old Navy," said Echevarria. "Urban stores, hip hop wear, shoe stores," said Johnson.

Construction on the new stores is expected to begin in January, and should take about a year to finish.

posted at 3:15 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com