EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – In ten short months, the seven acres off Washington Road went from piles of dirt to black asphalt and big buildings.
Already, people like Kathy McDaniel are anxious to see what’s inside.
“I actually came a day early thinking they had opened. I am so excited they’ve got this,” said McDaniel.
Belk sits at the very center of Mullins Colony, on schedule to open next week.
“We’ll get Belk open, and we’ll finish with more of the décor, the landscaping, and then we’ll turn around and start popping out the other stores.”
It’s the wide open space, dark wood paired with brick and steel Joe Mullins hopes will give this development a different feel from what the county already has.
“I would probably say, you’re going to have restaurants on both sides. You’re going to have a balance and there will be different shops.”
The developer says at least two restaurants should be open by the end of the year. The hope is to bring more with a big emphasis on outdoor seating and open space.
“I'm thrilled I can't wait for this to open to see what they've got,” said McDaniel.
Starting today, you may notice another change. A new traffic signal at Washington Road and the entrance to Mullins Colony. Crews already made the connection from Mullins Crossing to Mullins Colony to help with congestion.
“The traffic signal is huge. That is what delayed everything with the center. We wanted to make sure we had a very good in-and-out to be able to get in and out of the center and be safe,” said Mullins.
Come a year from now, you might hardly recognize what used to be an empty lot.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
The Florida coast was hammered by Hurricane Matthew but that has not stopped communities from rallying to recover from the damage. Residents of Flagler Beach continue to come together to repair the damage caused by the storm. Volunteers including Joe Mullins of Mullins Management and Entertainment, a company that owns commercial real estate across the Southeast and manages nonprofit events, have worked tirelessly to restore normalcy to the area.
Team Rubicon is on the scene helping in many ways as well. “Team Rubicon pairs the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions to bring complement other resources in an impacted area,” said Mullins. Joe Mullins is from Augusta, Georgia and travels frequently between his two homes. Last week, Mullins purchased dinner on Wednesday night for the group at Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill. On Thursday night, Mullins supplied dinner for the volunteers at Martins Restaurant. On Friday night Mullins joined a group of 20 other volunteers for dinner at the Topez Hotel where most of damage on A1A was done.
“We plan to assist in many other ways but it’s great seeing all these people come together. I am happy to help in this way. The work is very tiring for the volunteers and these local restaurants need our support during this time. Just so everyone knows, the restaurants are open and need the support of residents now more than ever.” said Mullins.