Business is booming in Conyers as the recent announcement that a major home décor retailer will open this year follows the relocation of several local businesses.
• Home furnishings and décor giant Pier 1 Imports will be locating to the Conyers Crossroads Shopping Center sometime this summer. According to Planning and Zoning Director Marvin Flanigan, Pier 1 recently applied for a permit to start construction at 1486 Dogwood Drive, which is located in the east end of the shopping center near Belk’s. Pier 1 has been in business since 1962 and has more than 1,000 locations, the closest of which is located in Snellville.
• Lifeway Christian Bookstore in the Conyers Crossroads shopping center, near Carmike Crossroads movie theater and Kohl’s, moved only a few doors down to a slightly smaller space around the end of last year.
• Old Navy has just moved into the spot that Lifeway previously occupied. The Old Navy has downgraded in square footage but with the store new layout, much like the Old Navy location at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, the store looks much more organized and fully stocked. Unconfirmed rumors speculated that T.J.Maxx would be moving into the space formerly occupied by Old Navy, but T.J.Maxx public relations at the corporate level were not available for comment and Flanigan said there was no application from T.J.Maxx for the space.
• JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store will be moving to a new home at Conyers Plaza, which also houses Home Depot and Walmart, on May 17. JoAnn is currently located south of I-20 in the Salem Gate Shopping Center, which rumored to be slated for renovations.
• The Subway currently located on West Avenue is moving across the street to the former Mrs. Winner’s building, which has been vacant since 2007. In the midst of being remodeled, the building is scheduled to be ready for occupancy in 30-60 days. Subway district manager Larry Lightfoot said the move was based upon acquiring a free standing building, a common trend for the sandwich chain in recent years.
Nhi Ho contributed to this article.