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Parts of Victory Dr. get a facelift

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Brian Upchurch works along the Victory Dr. corridor, near the Truman Pkwy and Skidaway Rd.

"I like it here," he said.

Upchurch likes the area so much that he's hoping to rent a home in a neighborhood less than a mile from his job.

"It's near the water, it's near downtown, you can get anywhere from here," he explained. "It's a nice area. The houses look nice and the people are friendly."

Another big draw for Upchurch is all of the new shops and restaurants set to open along Victory Dr.

"It's looking good, especially the new market by the Truman," he said.

Back in May, Whole Foods officially announced its plans to build a store on the site of the Old Backus Cadillac property on Victory Dr. It's now under construction. On Thursday, Keller Williams Realty confirmed new shops and restaurants would also be built or move in to the Victory Drive Shopping Center. Chick Fil A will open next spring on the same site of the old Captain D's. Rite Aide will close for good this Saturday. While Keller Williams leasing broker Beth VanTosh wouldn't confirm who would take it's place, she did tell WTOC it was another brand name pharmacy.

Bouncing Angels, an indoor inflatable children's park, also moved out on Wednesday. The Sharks Cheerleading camp will take over its space. Bouncing Angels Owner, Frankie Farinacci, said while he's moving to a bigger place, he's happy to see new changes coming to the area.

 I think it will bring more people here. It's needed," he said.

"The Victory Dr. corridor is experiencing a lot of great changes. We're hoping that the shopping center, that's in a very prime location, will get some of the benefits of that. I think the Victory Dr. corridor could be the next Abercorn," Beth VanTosh agreed.

Upchurch said he already sees a positive difference where he works, and hopes he finds a home close by.

"You don't see the abandon buildings and all that," he explained. "There's a lot of opportunities. You don't even have to get in your car, you can walk."

According to VanTosh, the Victory Drive Shopping Center has been owned by the same family since the 1920s. She also said it was the first shopping center in Savannah to have it's own parking lot.

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