Carol’s Linens is moving to the Prado shopping center on Forsyth Road, fewer than four miles from its current location.
“I chose it for several reasons,” owner Carol Kaplan said. “The ownership of the property is locally owned. The property owners are very interested in having businesses in this strip center that can feed off one another. ... We all have the same customer base.”
Other stores in the center at 4123 Forsyth Road include Rumor, a ladies boutique; Head Over Heels, a shoe store; and Yvonne’s Natural Market. The center is owned by The Prado LLC.
Carol’s Linens is moving into space formerly occupied by State Bank and Trust Co.’s commercial banking center.
“This week will probably be our last week,” she said.
Kaplan announced this month that she planned to move the business from 265 Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard, where it had been since March 2010. But at that time she couldn’t disclose the new location because the lease was not complete.
Kaplan said she plans to spend the month of September painting the new location and ironing linens. The new store is expected to open Oct. 6, and it already will be decorated for the Christmas holidays.
“It’s going to be the best Carol’s Linens yet,” she said. “We have put so much thought and planning into this store.”
The new store -- with 3,500 square feet of space -- will be considerably smaller than the current 10,000-square-foot store. But Kaplan said the new space is configured differently.
“We still will have 10 beds on display” instead of 15 beds, she said. “We are still going to have a large space devoted to the kitchen area, and we’re expanding our gift items.”
Some of the new gift items include candles, soaps, silver trays and dish towels.
“It sounds crazy, but it’s hard to find nice dish towels,” she said. “We put in a lot of research trying to find things that we felt like people were having to go to Atlanta for and we could save them that trip.”
Customers can expect to see new bedding lines and new vendors when the store reopens.
“We’ll be offering a lot of new merchandise that we have not had before and at very good price points, too,” Kaplan said. “We know the economy has taken a toll on everyone. So we are going to offer the quality that we’ve always offered and at the same time we’re being very cognizant of the economy that we are all living in.”
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.