Sam's Club expanding store

Thursday, June 18, 2009 12:19 PM
Last updated 1:39 PM
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Construction is returning to the Village Plaza on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Wal-Mart expanded into a Supercenter last year and now the other anchor tenant, Sam’s Club, will be undergoing an expansion, it was announced this morning.

Sam’s Club will be adding 20,000 square feet to the store, giving it room to add a pharmacy, optician, photo lab and more product offerings, said Glen Wilkins, a Wal-Mart regional spokesman.

“It is going to be a better looking store and have better offerings inside,” he said.

Sam’s Club will create a gas station close to the expressway too.

The project should get underway in October, Mr. Wilkins said, and take a year to finish.

Mr. Wilkins did not reveal how much the company was spending on the expansion, nor did he know how many new employees the store will add.

The company is planning parking lot improvements, including trees, and will be moving the front entrance to the corner of the building to make it closer to more parking spaces.

The expansion will take place in the alley between Sam’s Club and Tractor Supply Co.

A portion of the Tractor Supply’s garden center will be lost to the project, said Cindy Hicks, vice president of leasing and development for U.S. Properties Group, which owns the shopping center.

Along with the Sam’s Club project, U.S. Properties Group is planning a facelift for the rest of the shopping center between the anchor stores.

Ms. Hicks said it will be tenant-driven, meaning the incoming and existing tenants will renovate the exterior of their spaces. The group will be doing the renovation at Tractor Supply as part of the bargain to take part of its garden center for Sam’s Club, she explained.

“We had a lot of national tenants that were interested in the shopping center, but the components were whether Wal-Mart would expand, which they have done, and whether Sam’s would expand,” Ms. Hicks said.

She said the expansion of both stores started a decade ago.

Sam’s Club will remain open during the expansion construction.

“We’ll make it as easy as can be,” Mr. Wilkins said.

It is one of the oldest Sam’s Club stores in the region, yet one of the busiest, ranking in the top two for sales volume in a three-state region, said Mike Thompson, market manager. Sam’s Club opened in 1989.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/18/09 - 11:46 am
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Oh, goody! (I wonder how they

Oh, goody! (I wonder how they are going to do that on the property they now occupy. What a mess.)

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imdstuf 06/18/09 - 11:52 am
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And they will still be

And they will still be allowed to have their messed up parking lot that came before the road. Good job sucking up to big business Augusta...if you are that concerned about tax revenue you should not have let that shopping center try to run off the stores that were next to Sams...or fought to keep X-Mart closed, as that brought in tax revenue where nothing else did.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 06/18/09 - 12:01 pm
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Sams is great and the parking

Sams is great and the parking is fine.

DonH
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DonH 06/18/09 - 12:17 pm
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Part of the Sams Club

Part of the Sams Club expansion should include restructuring the parking and traffic flow. One way traffic in the parking aisles would avoid a lot of near misses. Sams should also route the parking lot traffic better on the south side of the building by the tire shop. The traffic should be routed AROUND the back of the tire shop parking area, NOT THROUGH it! Shopping at Sams should be an adventure INSIDE the store, not OUTSIDE in the parking lot!

zigzag
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zigzag 06/18/09 - 12:18 pm
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Morons! The decision to

Morons! The decision to upgrade the shopping center was made by U.S Properties and the owners of the center. When leases expire property owners can renew them, revise them, or terminate them. Sam's could have easily move to Columbia County or Aiken County and left an ugly empty center.

DonH
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DonH 06/18/09 - 12:42 pm
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Not completely correct. Sams

Not completely correct. Sams Club is quite satisfied with the location it is leasing and needs more area to bring the Augusta Sams Club up to the standards of most of the other Sams Clubs though out the nation. There will be an Eye Clinic, Pharmacy, larger food court, and other improvements added to our Sams Club. The present club will be open for business during these renovations, too. The decision to upgrade was not a unilateral decision by the property owners.

mrlonglelgs
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mrlonglelgs 06/18/09 - 01:27 pm
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Why they do produce jobs for

Why they do produce jobs for our area, How many of their products that they do sell are made in the USA?

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