New Wal-Mart could be coming to North Augusta

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Signs erected along Edgefield Road near exit 5 of Interstate 20 in North Augusta say a Wal‑Mart Supercenter is coming. However, Wal-Mart officials and the property’s developer are a little less committal.

“They’ve been interested before,” said North Augusta’s interim planning and development director, Scott Sterling. “We’re hoping this is the time.”

Earlier this week, Sterling met with the unidentified developer, who told him the deal isn’t official, but “they don’t anticipate any hiccups,” Sterling said.

Representatives for the developer did not want to discuss the project until details had been finalized, which is expected to occur in about two weeks.

Wal-Mart spokesman Bill Wertz said the company had no plans to announce a new store in the Au­gus­ta area.

An undisclosed number of out parcels would surround the store on the 52-acre plot, Sterling said.

He said the corporation has been interested “on and off” in the property for about two years.

The site is part of a 227-acre planned unit development that includes residential use.

The new store would make it the 11th for the Augusta area and the second in North Augusta.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is constructing a Sam’s Club in Aiken and has three stores in development in Richmond and Columbia counties.

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mosovich 03/29/13 - 09:24 pm

What are they going to do with the one that is currently located in N. Augusta? Abandon it like they do in other cities and leave an eyesore? I truly hate Wal Mart...

Riverman1 03/30/13 - 11:53 am
No reason to hate Walmart

No reason to hate Walmart. They have a successful model that the people patronize. However, some communities require an exit plan for all big box stores so they buildings won't be left empty. Before they can build there has to be a plan in place explaining what they will do with the building when they leave.

etlinks 03/30/13 - 11:16 am
I do not believe a walmart at

I do not believe a walmart at this new location would affect the one downtown. These two locations are like different worlds. 50% or more of the people from Augusta shop in the downtown location.

bdouglas 04/01/13 - 01:31 pm
Look at Walmart locations in

Look at Walmart locations in the CSRA on a map. Most all of them have another Walmart around the same distance from them as this one would be from the one on Knox in North Augusta.

So the developer sidesteps when asked if Walmart is really coming... Sounds like a bit of false advertising on those big signs he posted up on the property not long ago.

PhiloPublius 04/01/13 - 03:02 pm

I wish they would build a nice restaurant or two there. There are already 2 walmarts within a 10 minute drive from that spot. we dont need another one.

The last thing my neighborhood needs is more WalMartians nearby. I dont want my house value dropping anymore than it already has.

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