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A second Wal-Mart Supercenter is coming to North Augusta, a leasing agent for the development confirmed Monday.

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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.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/10/13 - 04:52 pm
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North Augusta is thriving. It

North Augusta is thriving. It sounds like a huge project.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/10/13 - 05:43 pm
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If they only had a Five

If they only had a Five Guys.....

countyman
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countyman 06/10/13 - 06:00 pm
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North Augusta

This is good news for North Augusta, but I expected something better for exit 5. A power center similar to Augusta Exchange(smaller of course) offering a few national chain restaurants, Target, Gap, Kohls, or Old Navy.. At least this is apart of an mixed-use development, and not just the Walmart center. I guess we pretty much know for sure the next Target is coming to either Southwest Augusta(near Jimmie Dyess/Gordon Hwy intersection) or South Augusta(I-520/Windsor Spring)

countyman
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countyman 06/10/13 - 06:11 pm
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Daily comments

The daily sarcastic remarks should probably wait until the outparcels are filled.. The people of North Augusta constanly bring up the lack of nice restaurants.. Unless the proposed mexican restaurant is Chipotle or the sandwhich shop is a new brand coming to the area(i.e. Jimmy Johns and Which Wich in the Augusta Exhange). Five guys is a much higher caliber restaurant than the usual subway, or numerous existing mexican restaurants in the CSRA.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/10/13 - 06:29 pm
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North Augusta just has a much

North Augusta just has a much higher household and family income than other places in the CSRA and will continue to grow. That's the key. The income level means a lot when stores are contemplating opening a new store.

KSL
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KSL 06/10/13 - 06:39 pm
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I am told Kohls is coming to

I am told Kohls is coming to the west side of Aiken.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 06/10/13 - 08:08 pm
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And Chipotle is a "nice"

And Chipotle is a "nice" restaurant? Really? It's the S&S of burritos.....

KSL
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KSL 06/11/13 - 10:46 am
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Chain resataurants definitely have their place

We frequent them here as well as when we travel. But you cannot beat the locally owned gourmet restaurants.

countyman
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countyman 06/10/13 - 09:34 pm
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Chipotle

I notice the metro is close to 600k, and the CSRA over 700k but no Chipotle locations...

KSL... The only problem is locally gourmet restaurants don't usually open in strip centers.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 06/10/13 - 10:57 pm
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The only problem with

The only problem with WalMart, is that they start off good, but the management and employee turnover soon turns the store into a dump. Customer service goes to hell, employee morale goes to hell, not to mention the caliber of employee they attract, after a while it is nothing but a dump.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/11/13 - 04:43 am
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WalMart

I would think there is a correlation between high employee turnover and low wages and lack of benefits. Many see WalMart as an "until I can do better" job. We remember the powers that be are opposed to a national minimum wage. Often you will get what you pay for.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/11/13 - 05:38 am
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I live in North Augusta.. and
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I live in North Augusta.. and have worked for Wal-Mart in the past... and I'm not even close to being excited to have another wallyworld. It's nice to have one close and every now and then I break down and go stand in line but it's not my first choice. As for restaurants- we're limited right in N. Augusta. I would love to see some type of steak house or Cracker Barrel.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/11/13 - 06:11 am
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Ten or more years ago.........
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they cleared a very large area on Hwy 25 for a Wally World. Maybe two large areas. The Wal-Mart at Traveler's Rest. LOL LOL Remember the Winn-Gypsy. The majority of the employees will be Loss Prevention.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/11/13 - 06:47 am
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Five guys and high caliber restaurant

would never collide in the same sentence. It's a high priced hamburger joint, not a gourmet steakhouse...

etlinks
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etlinks 06/11/13 - 07:05 am
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I have to agree with

I have to agree with countyman, I was looking for something more appealing than another walmart in that location.

David Parker
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David Parker 06/11/13 - 07:36 am
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That's great another Walmart

That's great another Walmart operation to further saturate (ahem eliminate) an anemic small-business market environment. Enjoy that foreign quality and low low prices b/c as you know, it's always a benefit to buy the same thing over and over again.

chrishardy
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chrishardy 06/11/13 - 08:09 am
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yay. turning north augusta

yay. turning north augusta into another town that's virtually indistinguishable from any other town full of big chain stores & restaurants. way to suck out all the personality & character from another town, wal mart!

my.voice
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my.voice 06/11/13 - 08:16 am
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There is still another 60

There is still another 60 acres in this development for things like Old Navy, etc that hasnt even been looked at yet.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/11/13 - 09:33 am
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As much as I think everybody

As much as I think everybody would love to see Old Navy, Kohl's, etc on that additional 60 acres, they don't typically locate directly next to Walmart centers. They tend to show up in more "mid-scale" type (for lack of better description) shopping centers. Ones with a Target, Best Buy and similar type stores that aren't the bargain bins that Walmart centers tend to bring. I'm guessing this one will get the typical Dollar Tree, shoe store, salon and maybe Radio Shack like the rest.

acstrauss
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acstrauss 06/11/13 - 09:35 am
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Murphy's Village

As long as it's in the Murphy Village backyard, I can't see any national restaurants opening up near exit 5

LocalGirl
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LocalGirl 06/11/13 - 10:04 am
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Just what we need...

Yeah, North Augusta really needs Nother Wal Mart. How about something a little more upscale like Target? Yeah, I know Target isn't high class, but it is a stupor two ahead of Wal Mart where people can always be found wearing pajamas or worse.

Jessa519
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Jessa519 06/11/13 - 03:02 pm
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Economic Growth

North Augusta doesn't have the population to support a Target. I spoke to a developer that came to speak to me at the Chamber of Commerce and there are certain criteria that retailers/developers look at when bringing any type of business to an area. North Augusta only has a population of 22,000 and with a Target in Aiken, Augusta and Evans the developers don't see a need to place a Target here in North Augusta. As far as restaurants - the riverfront development project, Project Jackson, would bring bars, restaurants and shops to North Augusta. Wal-Mart is a giant, therefore they can afford to sustain more than one location in a smaller population. No matter what your thoughts are on Wal-Mart as a North Augusta resident you should welcome economic growth in our area. This Wal-Mart and shopping center will mean jobs and revenue.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 06/11/13 - 03:21 pm
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Shooting

I see signs for a shooting range (Lugs) there but the sign has been up a long time. Target is what Kmart use to be before Walmart came around. I don't think Target is worth being open.
I drive by 5 guys 40 times a month and have never eaten there. Who needs a ton of fries?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/11/13 - 05:00 pm
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I think this one will draw in

I think this one will draw in people from Edgefield, Johnston, Trenton and all points in between. I know plenty of folks who live on the GA side of the river who make their way over to the Walmart and Kroger on Knox Ave in NA for the gas prices, lower sales tax, etc. that will keep that store going without any problem. I do wish it were something a bit more upscale, but any economic development is helpful, particularly when it's still in city limits like it will be for North Augusta. That'll be a hefty piece of income for the city each year.

TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 06/11/13 - 11:12 pm
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Oh yuck!

Another lousy Walmart. Who are the idiots who approved this? I don't need any more cheap Chinese crap! Has anyone else noticed that the old "new Walmart" has caused all the stores in the area to quit stocking decent products. It's a race to the bottom and just means we'll never have decent shopping in North Augusta. Look what we've gotten recently: Walmart Supercenter, Roses, Big Lots, Ryan's, Ruby Tuesday, Lowes, and now another Walmart. I can't get decent lumber, decent groceries/food, decent clothes or anything quality made without driving a long ways or ordering it online and waiting days or weeks.
And that nasty curve they just installed in Walnut Lane so it will line up with the Walmart entrance is just stupid. Thanks a lot for making driving here even more annoying and dangerous. This is NOT progress or positive economic development. It's just trashy development. Stop it now and bring in some quality retail.

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DawgnSC69 06/12/13 - 02:41 pm
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Exit 1 and Exit 5

I've had conversations with several N.A. community leaders and have mentioned they should talk to Bass Pro Shops. It seems they want everything at exit 5 and not Exit 1. Not sure why and can't get a clear answer on it but I bet it has something to do with tax revenue. I may be mistaken but I think a lot of the land around Exit 1 is out of the N.A. city limits.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/12/13 - 06:52 pm
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@DawgnSC69

There's not nearly as much available land at Exit 1 for development, plus the fact that the city limits don't extend as far past I-20 at Exit 1 as they do at Exit 5. There's a lot of available land at Exit 5 for a good mile on either side of the interstate, and it's mostly in the city limits there, too (giving merit to the tax revenue idea). Plenty of room for a Bass Pro at Exit 1 on the land that they cleared off and leveled there, but I have a feeling they want way too much for that land given the rumors of future tenants there that have come and gone over the years. Cracker Barrel was the most recent one I recall. The next largest tract that was for sale in that area was bought by Truenorth Church in the past couple years where they are building now.

Darby
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Darby 06/13/13 - 02:15 pm
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"Many see WalMart as an "until I can do

better" job. We remember the powers that be are opposed to a national minimum wage."

As expected, the obligatory, but gratuitous slap at Wal-Mart. Never mind that they bring so many goods to market at affordable prices, while helping tens of thousands of folks pay their bills and feed their families.

However, they resist the union pressure and as Star Trek has taught us all, "Resistance is futile". Or is it???

I strongly suggest that until we reach that glorious state of a full and benevolent socialist utopia, we should eschew the national minimum wage. Allow people the freedom to be paid what they earn!

No more, no less...

Darby
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Darby 06/14/13 - 10:28 am
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The first eight or ten jobs I took after leaving

school were of the "until I can do better" variety. What makes Wal-Mart an exception???

They provide a great service to America and an ever greater and much needed service in a struggling economy.

Wal-Mart creates jobs, something our government has proven to be woefully under qualified to do.

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