“We have new facilities, we have a destination,” said Mayor North Augusta, Bob Pettit. “I think the overall understanding what North Augusta is and what it has to offer is huge.”
With the focus of Masters primarily on the city of Augusta, North Augusta is happy to have visitors to its riverfront enjoying what the growth there has to offer.
“People are saying this is where we want to be, and this is a part of it,” said Pettit. “The restaurants downtown are benefiting, and Hammonds Ferry is benefiting, the whole city is benefiting.”
Restaurants including Your Pie say the whole town is cashing in.
“We’ve seen a lot more people from out of town,” explained Your Pie general manager, Abigail Massey-Guzman. “Our lunch is busy, and our nights are a lot busier, so a lot more in sales.”
She says downtown North Augusta’s growth should expedite due to golf patrons coming in for the tournament and the events throughout the week.
“Many people are going to see that there is growth, so they are going to open up more restaurants, stores and things like that,” said Massey-Guzman. “So local things that are going to help North Augusta as well.”
And with Hootie and Blowfish kicking off their reunion tour at SRP Park; North Augusta is expecting more cash flow.
“We’re benefiting not just economically but just in a visual sense, and people know what the city has to offer,” explained Pettit.
“We have extra staff for tonight and throughout the day, just preparing as much as we can,” said Massey-Guzman.
The excitement in North Augusta doesn’t stop with the concert. Opening day of the Green Jackets is on Monday.
Photojournalist: Gary Hipps