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Avenue mall signs more businesses

LAWRENCEVILLE - If you think getting the right suede jacket, grabbing a gourmet burger and gorging on ice cream sound like the perfect shopping day, you're in luck.

Gwinnett's newest outdoor mall just signed women's apparel chain Chico's, fancy burger joint Red Robin, ice cream shop Cold Stone Creamery and a host of other retailers to the dotted line, less than three weeks ahead of the shopping center's opening.

The 380,000-square-foot retail center, known as the Avenue Webb Gin, launches its first phase Aug. 16 at the intersection of Ga. Highway 124 and Webb Gin House Road.

Developed by Cousins Properties Inc., The Avenue Webb Gin is the company's fourth Avenue project in metro Atlanta. But it will be the first place in metro Atlanta to house Forth & Towne, Gap's new apparel concept for women that is making its debut in the market.

The shopping center will also have Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble and Gap.

"We've hit the home stretch for The Avenue Webb Gin and these new retailer commitments are a great indication of the momentum behind this project," said Joel Murphy, president of Cousins' Retail Division.

When complete, The Avenue Webb Gin will be home to more than 70 retailers, businesses and restaurants. Phase I, on the south side of Webb Gin House Road, will contain 216,000 square feet of retail space. Phase II, opening in October 2006 on the north side of Webb Gin House, will house 150,000 square feet of retail space.

The Avenue Webb Gin will also offer more than 19,000 square feet of office space.