Carol’s Linens is moving from its Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard location but is staying in north Bibb County.
Owner Carol Kaplan is not quite ready to reveal where the new store will be because the lease for the new spot is not complete.
“We are definitely reopening,” said Kaplan, who has been in business nearly 40 years. “We are going to keep everybody in suspense a little while, but it’s not far (from the current store).”
Kaplan would only say the store will not be at The Shoppes at River Crossing.
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“We will be leasing from local people,” she said.
Kaplan said there has been some speculation she might be retiring, but she nixed that idea.
“If I retire, I am afraid I will become an old lady,” she said, laughing.
The 10,000-square-foot store at 265 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. is holding a sale on all merchandise and some of its display items until it closes sometime around Aug. 20, “or possibly longer,” she said. The new store, which will be “a little smaller space,” is not expected to open until early October.
It will take a few weeks to get the new space painted and get all the merchandise moved in, she said.
“We want to continue to cater to the customers we have been catered to for 38 years,” Kaplan said. “But at the same time we want to attract a little younger audience. We will try to have things with a more youthful look and more gift items in addition to everything we have been known for.”
In March 2010, Carol’s Linens moved into the former Barnes & Noble Booksellers space from Eisenhower Parkway. The linen store moved into about half of the space formerly occupied by the bookstore.
After Carol’s Linens moved into the Tom Hill space other tenants, including Pet Supermarket and Batteries Plus Bulbs, filled in the remaining space.
Kaplan said she didn’t anticipate ever moving again, but “we have had problems” with the building.
The air conditioning system -- which was configured for more than 20,000 square feet of space for the bookstore -- is not efficient for the divided tenant spaces, Kaplan said.
“The air conditioning needs to be replaced,” which would be her responsibility, she said. “It’s on the tenant since I am leasing this building, ... and I just can’t put the money into this building that’s needed to bring it up to par.”
Kaplan said all six employees -- the newest one hired 14 years ago -- will remain with the business.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.