Andy Govan, an agent for Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Fletcher Bright Co., said a land purchase was completed with Wal-Mart on Friday that will bring a 158,579-square-foot Supercenter, a strip center and five outparcels to 52 acres on Edgefield Road near Interstate 20’s Exit 5.
According to Atlanta-based Bright Meyers Development Corp.’s conceptual site plan for Sweetwater Square, the Wal-Mart will be built on an 18-acre tract and include a fuel center.
Preliminary plans also show two proposed traffic signals on Edgefield Road at Sweetwater Boulevard and Walnut Lane.
There have been several tenants to sign leases for the shopping center – including a Mexican restaurant, a sushi bar, a hair salon, an insurance agency, a nail salon and a sandwich shop.
“I know we’re looking for some casual dining places and nice restaurants,” Govan said. “That was some of the feedback from the community.”
In late March, signs were placed in front of the undeveloped property indicating that a Wal-Mart Supercenter would be “coming soon.”
At that time, representatives for the developer chose not to discuss the project.
Govan expects Wal-Mart and the retail shops to open by fall 2014 and predicts work could begin in as little as 30 days.
The time frame for breaking ground might be too optimistic, however, because developers still need to receive plan approval by the city’s planning commission, said North Augusta Interim Planning and Development Director Scott Sterling.
“There may be some additional infrastructure work that needs to commence” before work can start at the site, Sterling said.
The development is still in the “hypothetical” stage, said Sterling, who expects construction to start more toward late summer with the assumption that plans are approved.
“There’s still some logistical issues that need to be ironed out before they’re in a position to apply, but it’s getting closer by the sounds of it,” he said.
The property is part of a 227-acre planned unit development that includes residential use. The commercial element marks the first phase, Govan said.
Wal-Mart has expressed interest in the site for about two years, Sterling said.