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Wal-Mart Supercenter opens on Wrightsboro Road

Shoppers say store fills gap in grocery options

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The newest Wal-Mart Supercenter in metro Augusta opened Wednesday morning.

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Shoppers explore the Wal-Mart on Wrightsboro Road. The 148,000-square-foot store employs about 300 associates.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Shoppers explore the Wal-Mart on Wrightsboro Road. The 148,000-square-foot store employs about 300 associates.

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Between 500 and 1,000 shoppers took advantage of giveaways and free food samples within two hours of the 148,000-square-foot store’s opening at 3338 Wrightsboro Road, on the corner of Wrightsboro and North Leg roads, said its manager, Rodney Baker.

Roxann Dickinson, who lives on the Hill, said she plans to fill her grocery needs once a week at the new store.

Previously, she would do her grocery shopping farther away at either Kroger or Publix on Washington Road.

Dickinson was happy to have a Wal-Mart less than 5 miles away from her house because, she said, the prices are better than most grocery stores.

“I think we needed one closer like this one,” she said. “Everything is going out to Columbia County.”

The new store marks the eighth Supercenter in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties.

The store, which employs about 300 associates, is smaller than the typical 182,000-square-foot Supercenter format and doesn’t include a gas station or auto care center. A traffic light recently was added on Wrightsboro Road in front of the store.

When the Wrightsboro Road site was announced in 2012, a company spokesman said that the surrounding area is densely populated, giving it an opportunity to better serve customers.

“They can make as many as they want as far as I’m concerned,” said Ruth Willis, who came from Aiken to the new store, “as long as it’s decent like this and everybody’s friendly. That’s fine with me.”

Willis made the 30-minute trip with her husband and service dog and arrived just after the store opened at 7:30 a.m. She had filled her cart up to the rim with clothes, bedding, cookware, dog food and accessories to decorate her new house.

For Margaret Solomon, who lives just minutes away on Belair Road, the new store means she’ll have a shorter drive than to the Wal-Mart on Bobby Jones Expressway, where she typically shopped.

“I can almost walk here,” said Solomon, adding that she visits Wal-Mart for the sales. “They put it in the right place.”

Other Wal-Mart regulars, such as Marilyn Grey and Cozie Coleman, both of whom live a few miles away, said the Wrightsboro Road store was more convenient and fills a gap in grocery options on that side of town.

“I just think it was needed,” said Coleman, who has frequented the Wal-Mart on Deans Bridge Road. “It makes you want to go to other stores (nearby).”

Wal-Mart is building a second Supercenter in North Augusta at Sweet­water Square shopping center on Edgefield Road near Interstate 20. The 158,000-square-foot store is expected to open this fall with about 300 employees.

In October, the mega-retailer unveiled the area’s first Neighborhood Market on Evans to Locks Road in Martinez.

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Butterman
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Butterman 03/26/14 - 11:09 am
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countdown begins...

for countyman to comment

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/26/14 - 11:32 am
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Wonder if any were standing

Wonder if any were standing in line for it to open... (like they've never seen a Walmart before). They do for everything else new.

Butterman
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Butterman 03/26/14 - 12:06 pm
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curlers and housecoats

wonder how many people in their curlers and housecoats were waiting in line

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/26/14 - 12:20 pm
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From Southeast Richmond

From Southeast Richmond County...........yawn.

Was Marion out in the parking lot hollering "let's get some revenue"?

countyman
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countyman 03/26/14 - 12:34 pm
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Growth!

The growth along Belair rd, Jimmie Dyess, and Gordon Hwy between Jimmie Dyess/Grovetown is the reason behind the new Walmart. The residents live much closer to Wrightsboro road compared to South Augusta or the Martinez location. The RCBOE should hurry up and follow the recommendations from the consultants. The new K-8 school will be severely needed in the future, because of the growth coming to Southwest Augusta. The 25 acre shopping center may still happen and the Shoppes at Dyess Park(10k sq. ft.) will begin construction soon next to the Zaxbys(off Jimmie Dyess). The 13 acre shopping center and McCoys Square break ground this year near Gordon Hwy/Robinson Avenue..

The new construction along Wrightsboro road is fantastic and the improvements definitely help the area. The newer areas of West Augusta(Washington road and Wheeler road) have benefited from the growth lately, but now Wrightsboro rd is growing much faster...

1. 8,467 SQ. FT. office/commercial development will replace the Suntrust bank at 3456 Wrightsboro rd...
2. New landscaping and smoother roadway(the city will finally repave Wrightsboro)
3. The former Rhodes/Rooms to Go/Mr. Furniture property will be redeveloped into a Bojangles.. The building is over 50,000 sq. ft. and the entire property consist of 4 to 5 acres.. The Bojangles shouldn't be the only future development planned..
4. New Wifesaver restaurant under construction(existing property sold to a private developer)
5. Lulu's Car Wash
6. I-520/Wrightsboro improvements

OJP
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OJP 03/26/14 - 01:49 pm
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I'm with you countyman.

Some people are just negative. They'll call themselves "realists", but a negative attitude about the region's growth given all the announcements in the last several months (most notably the Cyber Command) is not an attitude that is based in reality.

countyman
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countyman 03/26/14 - 02:38 pm
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False perception!!

OJP.. I completely agree with you, but many of the naysayers are following behind the reporting in local media.. The constant negative articles/news related to anything Richmond County and the constant praise of the new businesses in Columbia County clearly affect the perception. Look at the reporting on the Gander Mountain versus the new Cabela's.. The Cabela's was portrayed as growth for the entire metro and CSRA. The Gander Mountain somehow became simply another sign of growth for Columbia County.

''“I think we needed one closer like this one,” she said. “Everything is going out to Columbia County.”

How could anybody believe this in 2014? The previous decade and the year 2014 are totally different.. The Whole Foods, outlet mall, DSW, Home Goods, movie theater, Cabelas, etc are in Richmond County.. The Peach Orchard road area of South Augusta is even growing much faster than before..

The Gander Mountain is under construction in Martinez, but half of the site is located in West Augusta.

Dudeness
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Dudeness 03/26/14 - 02:51 pm
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I have to wonder how many

I have to wonder how many Walmart stores the people who made a 30 to 45 minute drive passed on the way there. It sounds like they lost money on that deal with the cost of gas.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/26/14 - 03:03 pm
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Countyman, how do you know

Countyman, how do you know that the AC reporting affects people's perception?

Did you take a survey? Interview people?

Or is that just your personal opinion?

Because my perception of RC didn't come from AC reporting, it came from personal experience. And so did many other people's.

Between dealing with the abominable Southside Elementary and someone trying to break into my home, that was enough for me.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/26/14 - 03:06 pm
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"How could anybody believe

"How could anybody believe this in 2014? "

Easy. Despite what you may think, Countyman, not everybody cares about Whole Foods, outlet malls, DSW, Home Goods, yet another movie theatre, and Cabalas.

And that's what you don't get. That woman is entitled to her opinion, I wouldn't care about any of those stores either.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/26/14 - 03:07 pm
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But Countyman, now that

But Countyman, now that Augusta got another WalMart, does that mean they have added prestige?

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 03/26/14 - 03:52 pm
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Thankfully

All these fast food places and walmarts are going up in Augusta...with that 58% graduation rate those 42% that don't graduate will need minimum wage careers...

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/26/14 - 04:18 pm
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"a negative attitude about

"a negative attitude about the region's growth"

I don't see this a growth. It will merely take business away from the other two Walmarts and some nearby grocery stores. I admit that it will be convenient for people in that area.....but from Southeast Richmond County all I can see is a net zero sum gain that doesn't have much, if any, impact on me or the county as a whole. It's a convenience thing for some, but it will take most of it's sales away from other businesses in the county and soon you will probably see a nearby grocery or retail store close.

As for Cyber Command, I think it is great they are coming to Ft. Gordon.....if they actually come. But I think that most of the incoming personnel will receive word well in advance of our dysfunctional, broke, "let's get some revenue" government and our poor school system and will end up in Columbia County....except for maybe the people on the very bottom end of the pay scale.

I do not have anything against growth and progress.......I just can't see it from this end of the county.......but I CAN hear that "let's get some revenue" and I know who he was talking about getting it from. I'm still kind of choking on that from a man that doesn't pay his own taxes on time....maybe not at all. Why would any Cyber Command people want to move here and be governed by the likes of that.

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Gage Creed 03/26/14 - 07:24 pm
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6-28-2011

countymans alter ego posts on city-data "The retail portion(Shoppes at Dyess Park) of the Dyess Park mix-use development has made it's way through planning and zoning.. The Shoppes at Dyess Park(9,600 sq. ft.) includes 8 spaces on 2 acres of land.. Construction should start on the development in the near future.."

Fast forward to 3/26/14... " The 25 acre shopping center may still happen and the Shoppes at Dyess Park(10k sq. ft.) will begin construction soon next to the Zaxbys(off Jimmie Dyess)."

Reality? I think not... Cheerleading...Definitely!

Butterman
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Butterman 03/26/14 - 07:29 pm
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Growth?

It's a friggin Wal-mart! Hey Cman where are the Cheesecake factories, Saks 5th Avenues, and Ruth's Chris steakhouses you promised were coming years ago? Heck, South Augusta is still waiting on that coveted 5 Guys. But how soon do you think we hear that either the Deans Bridge Ghetto Wal Mart or the Bobby Jones Honey Boo Boo wal-mart is closing?

bassmaster
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bassmaster 03/26/14 - 10:55 pm
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How many walmarts does

How many Walmarts does Augusta need within 5 miles of each other?

Butterman
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Butterman 03/26/14 - 10:53 pm
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Walmartlandia

maybe we can just rename the CSRA to Walmartlandia

corgimom
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corgimom 03/27/14 - 04:51 am
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Butterman, your 7:29 post

Butterman, your 7:29 post made me laugh out loud.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/27/14 - 08:38 am
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Deans Bridge ghetto walmart...

after visiting that place, the theory of evolution seems very plausible.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/27/14 - 11:03 am
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Walmartlandia

And to add to Butterman's suggestion, we can re-name Walton Way to Sam Walton Way!

corgimom
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corgimom 03/27/14 - 11:13 am
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Young Fred, and there are

Young Fred, and there are some of us who have refused to set foot in that place for years.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/27/14 - 11:15 am
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You have to admit,

You have to admit, Butterman's descriptions of those Walmarts are spot on.

The new one in N Augusta will be the Gypsy Walmart.

There used to be a Winn-Dixie across Highway 25, that was known throughout NA as the Gypsy Dixie. Nobody wanted to shop there because of them, and it closed.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/27/14 - 11:32 am
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"There used to be a

"There used to be a Winn-Dixie across Highway 25, that was known throughout NA as the Gypsy Dixie. Nobody wanted to shop there because of them, and it closed."

We called it the Winn-Gypsy. There's a Food Lion there now. Every time I drop in it seems deserted, except for the occasional bearded lady.

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