Sugarloaf continues rapid pace

Pretty soon developers may be fighting over the last crumbs of Sugarloaf Parkway.

That's because another high-end office will soon rise along the corridor - the latest development for the white-collar job center emerging among amenities such as the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the million-dollar homes of Sugarloaf Country Club and Discover Mills mall.

Indianapolis-based Duke Realty says it will break ground in November on an 80,000-square-foot office building in the Business Park at Sugarloaf.

Earlier this month, Duke announced it has 100 acres set aside at Meadow Church Road and Sugarloaf Country Club for up to seven office buildings.

A few miles north at Old Peachtree Road and Satellite Boulevard, Gary Holding Group is clearing more than 50 acres for 600,000 square feet of offices.

Earlier this summer, Sage Software began developing its regional office on North Brown Road.

Food Depots open soon

No bright yellow closing signs will cover Norcross SaveRite stores.

Instead, both SaveRite locations will soon operate under a different name.

Inside the Britt Road store, workers were busy revamping the sales floor and restocking shelves. Next week, Food Depot will take over the anchor spot SaveRite once held in Merchants Square Shopping Center, according to the signs taped across the storefront.

The Save Rite at 2055 Beaver Ruin Road will also become Food Depot. The chain is owned by Stockbridge-based All American Quality Foods Inc.

UGA fundraising

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College football kicks off in a few weeks, but the University of Georgia already posted its first big win of the year

UGA said it collected $96.9 million in private donations since last July - the fifth consecutive year of record fundraising.

Contributions topped the last year's total by $19 million and pushed UGA's capital campaign to nearly $350 million, the University said. The public phase of the $500 million campaign kicked off in April, though donations have been rolling in for nearly four years.

Gwinnett typically has a big stake in the UGA. Brookwood and Collins Hill are two of the university's top 10 feeder schools this fall's incoming class.

Those schools will send about 150 students to UGA, whose freshman enrollment is expected to approach 4,600.

Doug Sams can be reached via e-mail at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.