Changes are on the way for one shopping center on Savannah's east side. Longtime hardware store Scotty's is closing up shop and going out of business. More than 20 employees have been told they'll have to find other jobs. The store is expected to close its doors for good in mid to late March.
Scotty's closing comes as no surprise to many people. Right next door, savannah's newest Home Depot is setting up shop. The new store is located in the Victory Square shopping plaza at Skidaway Road and Victory Drive and plans on having its grand opening March 31.
The last six months, construction crews created a 100,000-square-foot Home Depot store from scratch. Victory Square will be eastside Savannah's Home Depot stop.
But resident Patricia Cutter is worried about traffic. "If it's like Abercorn Street, I don't want to know what Victory Drive and Skidaway will be like," she said.
Victory Drive is pretty busy without Home Depot, so to avoid traffic problems, an entrance lane has been added and an exit lane will be extended. But the people at Home Depot don't expect much congestion.
"I think it will be normal course of travel, I'd be surprised if there was a glut as a result of this," said the store's human resources manager Jane Beacham.
Beacham says filling the new jobs will be a bigger headache. There are two ways to apply: online or at career center kiosks at local Home Depot stores.
"We have got a few people here who live there, so they'll be given consideration for the store," said Beacham.
For Patricia Cutter, it will be a new store, same distance. "I won't have to go far. Scotty's is closed, so I guess this will be my new Home Depot."
The store will begin toward the end of the month.