About us

Owners Derek and Kari Beth Chitwood opened the first Empire South in Watkinsville, GA in May of 2013. With a vision to provide local residents of Oconee County with quality clothing, the couple has continued to nurture and refine the store's offerings. Combining forward style and affordable, practical trends, the Chitwoods have built a brand that epitomizes who they are, and now with 4 locations (Watkinsville, Lavonia, Athens, and Virginia Highlands) Empire South is steadily becoming a favorite for men and women across Georgia and the southeast. 

 
We hope you'll see that we provide the highest level of customer service, and that we are here to help our shoppers find the perfect outfit, gift, or piece for their home. We are so thankful for you, so please let us know if we can ever help or improve in any way. Thank you for visiting our site and shop #empiresouth!
-The Chitwoods 

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