Since the region’s early days, Southwest Georgians have been coming to Albany for fine dining and shopping. Today, they still do, with ma y making an entire day of coming to Albany for the quality and variety of its retail. A quick study of car tags at the Albany Mall reveals that more than 40 percent of shoppers are from outside of Dougherty County. As the center of a 17-county designated market area of nearly 430,000, that may be no surprise. Although there are opportunities for all retail sectors, retail needs include sporting goods stores, electronics stores and pet stores.

National Retailers Include:

  • Belk
  • Big Lots
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Chipotle
  • Dillard’s
  • Hobby Lobby
  • JC Penney
  • Kohl’s
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Lowe’s
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Moes
  • Newks Eatery
  • Old Navy
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera
  • Publix Supermarkets
  • Red Lobster
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sephora
  • Starbucks
  • Surcheros Fresh Grill
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • The Home Depot
  • Ulta
  • Walmart

Quick facts pertaining to retail

  • 430,000 in Albany Designated Market Area
  • More than 40 percent of shoppers from out of town
  • 498 retail establishments
  • Average employment of nearly 6,000
  • Metro area labor force of 77,300
  • Diversity of national and locally-owned shops and restaurants
  • Customer service-driven work force
  • Retail space available throughout community, including in the revitalized downtown corridor