Wal-Mart market to anchor Martinez development



Wal-Mart confirmed that it will be the anchor for a new retail development in Martinez.

The development is planned for Belair Road at Colonial Road near the Interstate 20 exit. Land clearing has already begun.

“It’ll be a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, just like the one at Evans to Locks at Furys Ferry Road,” Columbia County planner Andrew Strickland said. “The grocery store concept.”

After the 15-acre undeveloped tract at 300 S. Belair Road was rezoned from neighborhood commercial district to general commercial district, Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Polestart Development LLC purchased the property and is leasing more than six acres to Wal-Mart, according to real estate documents filed in the Columbia County Clerk of Court’s office on July 23.

The site plan submitted to the county incorporates a 41,000-square-foot Wal-Mart grocery store and 12,800 square feet in additional retail space. A fast-food restaurant and fuel station also are targeted uses for the development and includes retail areas to be developed by Polestar.

“The Wal-Mart and gas station will likely go in together at first before they do the rest of the shopping center,” said Strickland, adding that he isn’t sure of the development’s timeline.