Camino Real Mexican Restaurant, Firehouse Subs, State Farm Insurance, Great Clips as well as an unnamed nail salon and a Chinese restaurant and buffet have signed leases at the new retail development on Edgefield Road near Interstate 20, Neil Meyers, the owner of Atlanta-based Meyers Brothers Properties LLC, announced Monday.
Construction broke ground on the 52-acre Sweetwater Square shopping center in late October.
There also are five commercial out-parcels fronting the development that are for sale “to businesses, such as free-standing restaurants and banks,” Meyers said.
The adjoining retail center will consist of about 36,000-square-feet of shop space occupied by between 15 to 20 tenants, said Matt Sasser, also with Meyers Brothers Properties.
Sasser said he expects both the 158,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter and commercial center to be complete before Thanksgiving 2014. Wal-Mart expects the store to open in early 2015.
The Wal-Mart Supercenter will serve the northern portion of North Augusta, which already has another Supercenter on Knox Avenue. When asked why another Wal-Mart was needed in that area, company spokesperson Amanda Henneberg said, “The new store will provide more convenience to shoppers.”
The new Wal-Mart will employ about 300 associates and will be slightly smaller than the traditional 182,000-square-foot store. While it won’t have a fuel center, the store will contain all other typical departments seen inside a Supercenter, Henneberg said.
The project is a joint venture by Meyers Brothers Properties and Fletcher Bright Co. based in Chattanooga, Tenn.