Work on a 158,000-square-foot Wal-Mart and adjacent strip center on Edgefield Road, just past Exit 5 of Interstate 20, has been ongoing since last October and will continue into the fall. The development, called Sweetwater Square, spans about 52 acres and has added in recent months three more tenants for the 33,600-square-foot retail center, which is now about 70 percent leased.
The latest businesses named for the project include a Smallcakes cupcakery, Just Beds mattress store and a liquor store, which join Camino Real Mexican Restaurant, Firehouse Subs, State Farm Insurance, Great Clips, a nail salon and a Chinese restaurant as future tenants in the development.
Six store spaces remain available, according to a list provided by Matt Sasser, an executive with Atlanta-based development group Meyers Brothers Properties.
“We’re trying to open all of it towards the last half of October,” Sasser said.
Sweetwater Square also encompasses five 1.3-acre outparcels, two of which are under contract for a sit-down restaurant and full-service car wash, Sasser said.
“That area’s got a lot of fast food, but we’d like to find as many sit-down restaurants as we can,” he said. “We’d love to have a bank.”
The development is a joint venture by Meyers Brothers Properties and Fletcher Bright Co. based in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Wal-Mart Supercenter will serve the northern portion of North Augusta, which already has a Supercenter on Knox Avenue.
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 include all other typical departments seen inside a Supercenter.
Another Supercenter store, built to about 148,000 square feet, opened in late March at 3338 Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.