29 Jun 2015

Camilla Welcomes Hibbett Sports and Marvin’s Hardware!

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Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. (“Hibbett”), the national sporting goods retailer based in Birmingham, Ala., is pleased to announce the execution of a lease for a new store in Camilla, Ga.

Hibbett Sports plans to open the new location this fall in the old Walmart building next door to Marvin’s. The store anticipates employing eight full and part-time team members. Currently Hibbett has 99 locations in the state of Georgia alone.
“Hibbett expressed interest in the Camilla market for quite some time due to the large void in sporting goods and positive market analysis for Mitchell County and the surrounding trade area. While Camilla’s appeal was strong the retailer was looking for a larger anchor to be its neighbor. Together, Marvin’s Building Materials and Hibbett Sports will be a perfect use for the old Wal-Mart Space helping to revitalize the underutilized Camilla Marketplace shopping center, and encouraging further consideration from other regional and national retailers.”, said Mill Graves, ECG’s Retail-Commercial Business Development Associate.
Hibbett is a fast-growing operator of over 1,000 full-line sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.
Hibbett Sports stores offer a large selection of quality branded athletic equipment, footwear and apparel, with a focus on knowledgeable, friendly customer service and providing customers with information they can’t always get at other stores selling sporting goods. Hibbett Sports has a long history of focusing on the needs of local teams and leagues, with a variety of services to meet the needs of coaches and players alike.
Hibbett is the only sporting goods chain committed to serving small and mid-size markets.  This strategy has proved to be a successful one for Hibbett as the company continues to expand its number of stores across the U.S.

June 15, 2015 – Marvin’s Building Materials and Home Centers today announced plans to open a new store in Camilla, Georgia.  The store is currently under construction on the corner of Highway 19 and Oakland Avenue/Georgia Route 112. It will be located in the previous Wal-Mart location, next to the new Super Wal-Mart.  “We are excited to announce our newest store in Camilla, Georgia.  We have been looking for a site in Camilla for some time now and we were fortunate to find an available building at the most convenient intersections for shoppers in the area,” said Darrin Gilliam, CEO. The store will feature a 30,000 square foot home center in addition to an attached lawn and garden center and drive through lumberyard. Marvin’s is known for its friendly, neighborhood stores that make home improvement projects easy and affordable and will offer a complete line of building materials, appliances, electrical, plumbing, paint, millwork, hardware, tools, and lawn and garden products. The store is expected to open in late October of 2015 according to Marvin’s owner, Michael Cohn, who commented, “We like to be members of the local community where we open a store and we look forward to introducing our Marvin’s team to the citizens of Camilla, Mitchell County, and the surrounding areas.”

“Just as we’ve found in many of our new stores, feedback from the city indicates that we will capture a great deal of sales that are currently being served outside of the city and county.  We would like to thank Paige Gilchrist with the Mitchell County Development Authority, the City Council, Mayor Twitty, and the entire city administration for their support.” said Gilliam.

Marvin’s will hire approximately 25 associates to work in the new store.  “We like to hire friendly people from the community as all of our stores have a ‘hometown’ feel,” said Gilliam.  The Camilla Chamber of Commerce is collecting employment applications for all open positions beginning June 22, 2015.  People who are interested may pick up and turn in their application Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Camilla Chamber of Commerce located at 212 E Broad St, Camilla, GA 31730.  Available positions range from management to part-time associates.  Job descriptions and more information about Marvin’s can be found on our website at www.marvins.com.

The company was founded in 1945 by Marvin Cohn in Gadsden, Alabama and expanded into a multi-chain home center by his son, Alfred.  Marvin’s is celebrating their 70th Anniversary of doing business in the Southeast.  It is currently operated by third generation owners Michael and Daniel Cohn.  Marvin’s has 28 additional stores in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  Marvin’s was named the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lumber and Building Material Journal and was awarded the 2010 Retailer of the Year by the Home Channel News.