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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.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/14 - 05:12 pm
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Some of our astute commenters

Some of our astute commenters figured out it was a Walmart previously.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/31/14 - 10:40 pm
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Gee, I was hoping the next

Gee, I was hoping the next one was going on Tobacco Rd.

Oh well, I'm sure we will get one right after Five Guys and Target. Right countyman?

whyme
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whyme 07/31/14 - 10:45 pm
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good/not so good

I shop at Walmart regularly, so to put one so close to my home couldn't be better. On the other hand, I feel bad for the nice houses that are now exposed that I can see from where the trees were removed. There is really nothing you can do when a business or the county decide to make changes, from widening the road to putting in a busy store. I guess you can move but that's pretty unfair.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 08/01/14 - 05:03 am
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just what we need: more

just what we need: more traffic, more noise, more congestion, more concrete and paving material laid down where trees once stood. why do developers hate foliage and green so much? why do we need another walmart when there are three others within decent driving distance for any resident in this area? and if something 'had' to go in there (god forbid we should let the woods stand there, undeveloped, for another hundred years), why not something other than a run-of-the-mill walmart, why not something unique and different to offer up to the csra which appears to be obsessed with shopping areas? walmarts are a dime a dozen, you can predict all the china-made goods you will see when you get there....in fact, they should just rename walmart to chinamart, since that's about where 90% of the crap they sell there is made.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/01/14 - 05:26 am
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Columbia County

Is going to just keep pushing people farther and farther west, trying to avoid that traffic, congestion, noise and concrete you speak of!!

I must agree also, about Walmart!! Really? We need just another Wal-Mart in the area? Why not just drive the few miles to the other ones??

maandpa
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maandpa 08/01/14 - 06:05 am
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Strange Decision

Building another Walmart right around the corner from the Walmart on Bobby Jones in a strange marketing decision.

The traffic is so bad on Belair Road now that I will have no desire to shop at that Walmart when there are other stores more convenient.

Apparently, the target customer will be those leaving Ft. Gordon since they will pass the store; everyone else will be going against the traffic.

rfaulk
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rfaulk 08/01/14 - 07:13 am
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new construction

For me the jury is still out on climate change but I do think the air quality (it's getting dirtier) is changing dramatically in a very short time. There are many cities and states that promote development while leaving or replanting trees resulting in cooler, cleaner and quieter subdivisions. I wish the Augusta area would do the same.

dsterling9
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dsterling9 08/01/14 - 08:19 am
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TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

Traffic is already a nightmare on Belair Road especially during morning and afternoon rush hour. I assume this will mean adding another traffic light at some time. Already there are accidents where people pull out into traffic trying to leave the business along Belair Road. This will most likely hurt established grocery stores in the area but I for one will continue to shop those. Yes the loss of trees is hurting our environment and causing excess rain runoff.

hoptoad
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hoptoad 08/01/14 - 08:19 am
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I don't believe in global

I don't believe in global warming but in the past ten years or so, there have been many trees and other foliage removed and replaced by concrete. This probably results in a temperature change more so than carbon emissions.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/01/14 - 08:38 am
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Not Sure

I'm not sure I can place where this new development is going to be. I do agree that it does not make a lot of sense for Wal-Mart, or a grocery store as the anchor, for that matter. Don't know that we need another gas station in the area either.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/01/14 - 08:49 am
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Food

I don't know this area really well, but I seem to remember that there is a Food Lion and a BI-LO fairly close by. There are also already a bunch of fast food places out there, but I guess another one won't be noticeable.

LMB
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LMB 08/01/14 - 09:17 am
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Sad...

I live in Fox Run and I find it sickening the the county has become so greedy that they won't stop at nothing. Maybe they will when everything turns into the next South Augusta and everyone leaves and all the home values start falling. Thanks Columbia County for ruining everything. Something's should be left untouched. I for one will continue to shop Kroger and any other local business. I do not and will not support Walmart! I suggest everyone else to the same.

raul
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raul 08/01/14 - 09:30 am
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I really don't like Walmark.

I really don't like Walmark.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/01/14 - 10:07 am
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historylover

Thieves? What are they stealing? No one is forced to buy from them.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/01/14 - 10:26 am
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Columbia County is not at

comment changed.

I would like to hear from the disgruntled commenters. What would you have Columbia County do to control this type of development, that wouldn't invite lawsuits?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/01/14 - 10:21 am
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Decision for Private Enterprise

I suspect if private enterprise thinks a store will be successful there, they have studied the issue well. They are not always right, but usually or they wouldn't be in business.

KSL
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KSL 08/01/14 - 10:37 am
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I am very grateful we now

I am very grateful we now have a Walmart on the west side of Aiken. And a Sam's. Apparently a lot of other people are, as well.

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 08/01/14 - 10:58 am
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Great. Just Great. I'll

Great. Just Great. I'll continue to shop at Bi-Lo. They won't get my business. The traffic is horrendous, and will only get worse. And the Belair Road will eventually turn into the likes of Gordon Hwy and Deans Bridge. Years from now, the buildings will sit vacant.

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 08/01/14 - 10:59 am
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And here I was hoping for The

And here I was hoping for The Cheesecake Factory to be near me. Wishful thinking.

lgr
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lgr 08/01/14 - 10:59 am
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walmart

everyone complains, the parking lot is still always full. when walmart opened the new store on wrightsboro rd, the food lion immediately closed, so yes they do put stores out of business.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/01/14 - 11:33 am
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Putting a Food Lion out of

Putting a Food Lion out of business is not hard to do. I shop at one sometimes because it is close; but selections are limited, and the prices are nothing to brag about.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/01/14 - 11:52 am
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@KSL

And that newer Walmart on Richland is WORLDS better than the other one on Whiskey. Any reason for me to not have to go to the South side of Aiken is good thing.

blacklion1001
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blacklion1001 08/01/14 - 12:34 pm
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Walmart take over

I agree with several of you on your thoughts. Bringing in more Walmart stores in any capacity, doesn't do anything but lower the property value of homes and entire neighborhoods. I recently moved from Colorado Springs and they are doing the same in El Paso County. When will it end.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/01/14 - 02:55 pm
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No Cheesecake Factory, Probably Ever

Based upon what I was told, I doubt we will ever see a Cheesecake Factory in, or around Augusta. We do not have adequate demographics, nor can I think of a single individual that would spring for the franchise fee.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/03/14 - 10:21 pm
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@Marinerman

The Cheesecake Factory only has company-owned restaurants in the US. They do not franchise here.

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