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New Walmart Supercenter to go on Wrightsboro Road

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 10:56 AM
Last updated 8:40 PM
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Walmart is planning to build a 152,000-square-foot supercenter on Wrightsboro Road near North Leg in early 2013, according to company spokesman Glen Wilkins.

The store will be in the Forest Hills Shopping Center, near Baldino’s Subs. It will be smaller than most of the Walmart stores in the area and will not have an auto care center or a gas station.

Wilkins said the project would create up to 300 jobs, most of which would be full-time positions.

“We saw this as an area with dense population and an opportunity to better serve our customers,” he said.

George Patty, the director for Augusta’s planning and zoning department, said he was aware of the project but there has been no zoning requests or site plans submitted.

Wilkins said they hope to break ground in early 2013.

Alvin Ledbetter, vice president of the Forest Estates Neighborhood Association, said he has heard mostly positive feedback from area residents about the project. Residents whose properties are adjacent to the proposed site are more hesitant, he said, but there has been no vocal opposition as of yet.

“There’s not been a huge negative upswing or anything like that,” Ledbetter said. “We’re all looking forward to it.”

This would be the third Walmart in Richmond County, and within 6 miles proximity to the others on Deans Bridge Road and Bobby Jones Expressway.

It is not being built for consolidation, Wilkins said.

“This is not to build one just to move another one over,” Wilkins explained. “There are a lot of folks in that area, and we’re just wanting to provide a more convenient shopping experience. This store is in addition to, not in lieu of.”

The church that uses a building in the Forest Hills Shopping Center, New Life Christian Center, reportedly owns land in Grovetown.

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OJP
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OJP 01/17/12 - 12:03 pm
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Yes!!!

Yes!!!

faithson
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faithson 01/17/12 - 12:10 pm
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well done..

well done..

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/17/12 - 12:25 pm
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Costco, another Walmart...we

Costco, another Walmart...we are so classy here in the AUG that we can't even attract a BassPro!!!! Need some more upscale shopping, folks, like the original plan for the Costco site on Riverwatch Parkway.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/17/12 - 12:46 pm
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this idea was Made in China

this idea was Made in China

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/17/12 - 01:26 pm
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"People of Walmart" is a
Unpublished

"People of Walmart" is a great website.

I fully support this move!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/17/12 - 01:50 pm
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Wow...surprising location.

Wow...surprising location.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/17/12 - 01:57 pm
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good location. The traffic

good location. The traffic problem will need to be fixed too.

sucram
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sucram 01/17/12 - 02:03 pm
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Great news, I live in the

Great news, I live in the area. But this will mean the end of Food Lionb, just like the ones in Columbia County.

happychimer
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happychimer 01/17/12 - 02:09 pm
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That Food Lion use to do big

That Food Lion use to do big business. The customers were from all walks of life, and always excitement going on there. The customers were rich, poor, white, black, Mexican, Asian, military, local big whigs, and kind, good, mean,all kinds. I enjoyed working there.

Dnice
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Dnice 01/17/12 - 02:42 pm
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Nice, but isn't there a

Nice, but isn't there a church in that spot? Are they relocating? Too bad for Fred's and Big Lots as well maybe.

Common.sense
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Common.sense 01/17/12 - 02:53 pm
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Another Walmart I would

Another Walmart I would prefer not to go to at night even while being armed.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 01/17/12 - 03:05 pm
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This seems like an odd

This seems like an odd location. I'm pretty sure there are at least 2 clubs right beside that location that do massive amounts of business on Fri/Saturday nights to the point where people have to use all parking lots in surrounding areas, even across the street. Not to mention there is another Walmart about 2-3 miles down the road from there.

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kmeyer2520 01/17/12 - 03:16 pm
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Liking Walmart is liking our

Liking Walmart is liking our trade deficit with China. I have been a Costco member for years and love the food, the products, the service. They also treat their employees well and it shows. One thing Walmart has to affirm when they land somewhere is that there are enough low-income people to shop there. What a qualifier! Is it a compliment to the fair city of Augusta that there are enough poor people to "support" Walmart? Personally, I don't think it is.....

happychimer
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happychimer 01/17/12 - 03:29 pm
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kmeyer how do you think some

kmeyer how do you think some rich people stay rich? They shop at Walmart. Check out the Evans Walmart. A lot of those customers walk around with their noses stuck up in the air. I went there a few times when I had to use an electric cart, and people would step out in front of me and look at me as if they dared me to hit them.

blakkone
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blakkone 01/17/12 - 03:41 pm
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Another Wally World?? I wish

Another Wally World?? I wish they would go away already! They are murdering small businesses.

allhans
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allhans 01/17/12 - 04:09 pm
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There are a couple of small

There are a couple of small shops and a church that will possibly have to relocate. The bar is in the strip- center where the Salvation Army, Wife Saver and Advance Auto Parts is located. It shouldn't affect that center.

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Willow Bailey 01/17/12 - 04:47 pm
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Very glad 300 jobs will be

Very glad 300 jobs will be created. And I really think Big Lots can hold their own with them. Never been in Fred's, so don't know.

Can we have a Pottery Barn now? If you are not familiar with it, google it; you'll probably like it.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/17/12 - 04:47 pm
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more evidence that our

more evidence that our concern is more with quantity, not quality, when spending. meh

David Parker
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David Parker 01/17/12 - 05:07 pm
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The Mart is just diluting

The Mart is just diluting your dollar bills. You buy something b/c it's cheap. May not even be something you need but it's cheap and that's good enough. It breaks prematurely or never works, but it was cheap, so it's replaced promptly. SO, now you've paid double for something cheap.

You go in there b/c you can buy a pack of 30 razors for .99 cents AND an 8 gB thumb-drive w/out having to drive to another place. I get it, it's convenient. But going in and buying those two items is just the tip of the spear. Once inside, you figure since it's cheap, you can walk down the sporting goods isle, etc. and so it goes.

You walk out with more than you need and often times without what you originally came in there for.

If everyone keeps staying convenient, economic forecasting should reveal that once all the "little guys" are gone, the prices go up and then the real slap to your face, the quality goes down.

other than it destroying our economy, i've nothing against The Mart. I'm grateful to them for creating the 300 jobs. At what cost though?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/17/12 - 05:43 pm
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I rarely walk into Walmart

I rarely walk into Walmart and leave with things I never intended on buying. Why? Usually because I'm buying non-grocery merchandise and they rarely, if ever, have any checkout lanes on that side of the store open after 5pm. So if I did have a purchase in hand, I end up abandoning it because I don't want to wait in line behind 3 couponers with a cart and a half of groceries each just to buy the 3 things I came for. This has been true in every single Walmart I've been to in the CSRA and it's beyond me why they all do this with their checkout lanes. And *especially* the Walmart in North Augusta.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/17/12 - 05:46 pm
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I will pay *more* to avoid

I will pay *more* to avoid Walmart 9 times out of 10 if there's somewhere else open that I can get what I'm in need of. I also can't say enough good things about an Amazon Prime membership that gets me free 2-day shipping on just about anything I order from Amazon. If I can wait 2 days to have whatever I need in hand, I almost always get it from Amazon and save more than Walmart can anyway.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/17/12 - 05:49 pm
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I never walk in and come out

I never walk in and come out with extras. I am not a shopper, I'm a buyer (except for groceries); and I go to stores for specific items, buy them and leave. I can go to a department store for a couple of shirts and slacks and be back in the car in < 30 minutes.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/17/12 - 05:49 pm
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I never walk in and come out

I never walk in and come out with extras. I am not a shopper, I'm a buyer (except for groceries); and I go to stores for specific items, buy them and leave. I can go to a department store for a couple of shirts and slacks and be back in the car in < 30 minutes.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/17/12 - 06:25 pm
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It has been proven: Walmart

It has been proven: Walmart and its fanatical devotion to low prices, leaning on suppliers from all countries, has saved poor people in America more money than ALL Federal poverty programs combined!!!!

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 01/17/12 - 08:00 pm
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I do not work for WalMart,

I do not work for WalMart, but the industry I am employed in depends on chains like WalMart for our well being. But it is getting to the point that a big box like WalMart is slowly putting the mom and pop's out of business. There is at least one independent convenience/grocery store on Wrightsboro Road that I hate to see this happen to.

allhans
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allhans 01/17/12 - 08:07 pm
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Electronics are the same,

Electronics are the same,

countyman
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countyman 01/17/12 - 09:07 pm
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Walmart, Golden Corral, and

Walmart, Golden Corral, and Ryans are located in Martinez... Sams, Home Depot, Bealls Outlet, and Rooms to Go are located in West Augusta...

Dixieman.. Due to the recession Bass Pro put all of their future stores on hold including Augusta.. I'm positive the VAR will attract retail and restauarants(i.e Costco) not presently here in Augusta.. Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Brooks Brothers, Pottery Barn, J Crew, Chipotle, H&M, REI, World Market, etc..

The 25 acre shopping center and 10k sq ft. Shoppes at Dyess Park coming to Southwest Augusta aka SWAG(on Jimmie Dyess).. I guess we can go ahead and rule out Walmart, the anchor will probably be Publix or Kroger.. Unless Target decides to open on Jimmie Dyess, but that might hurt Target, Chick Fil A, and Ruby Tuesday who are intrested in South Augusta from coming sooner.. The Peach Orchard/I-520 area of South Augusta has the correct ingredients to support Target, Chick Fil A, and Ruby Tuesday..

CommonSense.. You can always visit the Walmart in Evans, Grovetown, or Martinez at night lol... This may be an older area for now(Walmart usually attracts multiple businesses), compared to the Augusta Exchange, Carmax area. Village at Riverwatch, but it's still located in West Augusta..

Kmeyer2520.. Augusta is the only city outside of metro Atlanta were residents can shop at Apple, Costco, PF Changs, Tutti Frutti, Sephora, Pandora, Williams Sonoma, etc.. There are two cities outside of metro Atlanta with Imax theatres, and the one in Columbus is located on Fort Benning.. The one in Augusta is larger, opened first, and it's not located on Fort Gordon..

countyman
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countyman 01/17/12 - 09:08 pm
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Actually I wouldn't mind if

Actually I wouldn't mind if Big Lots, Freds, and the Salvation Army all moved..

The Food Lion and Fred's shopping center both need to be renovated similar to the Kroger shopping center up the street. Those shopping center don't match up well against the Kroger shopping center, TJ Maxx/Ross shopping center, and Daniel Village on Wrightsboro rd..

I hope Target brings the neighborhood market concept to Augusta next.. The Woolworth building on Broad street is the perfect spot.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/17/12 - 09:14 pm
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Walmart is tremendous for

Walmart is tremendous for that part of Richmond County. Walmart has done well over on Deans Bridge Rd, too. They know what they are doing. They have enough security to make sure they have a safe store and parking lot.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 01/17/12 - 09:46 pm
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I don't know about the

I don't know about the grocery comments. I thought the article stated it wasn't going to sell groceries.

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