Two Columbia County Food Lion grocery stores that closed nearly a year ago might not stay vacant much longer.
County Development Services Director Richard Harmon confirmed his department has reviewed plans to bring a Big Lots to the Home Depot shopping center on North Belair and Washington Road and a Walmart Neighborhood Market to The Village at Furys Ferry.
Walmart’s neighborhood market stores are smaller than supercenters and mostly carry groceries.
“We’ve done a lot of preliminary work with the architects,” Harmon said.
The developer of both shopping centers was less forthcoming with information about potential tenants moving in the empty storefronts.
Matt Mills, vice president of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial, said he’s working toward getting a new business in the old Food Lion on Furys Ferry by mid-2013.
“We have been working with a replacement tenant for that facility,” he said. “We hope to finalize that in the next six months.”
Also expected is a new Dollar Tree, Harmon said.
The discount store is looking to occupy the former Garlic Clove space next to the Evans Walmart.
Speedy Mart also recently had an alcohol license approved for its Appling location at 6697 Washington Road.
Another future business is a Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express. The dine-in and take-out restaurant will move into the old Blockbuster at the Kroger shopping center in Evans, Harmon said.
In the front corner of that shopping center, work recently began on a First Bank of Georgia full-service branch. The Evans branch will be the bank’s third in the county.
With several businesses preparing to call Columbia County home, a few projects are nearing completion.
Those include an ALDI discount grocery store on Bobby Jones Expressway, a discount tire store at the corner of Washington and Old Evans roads in Martinez and a Kendrick Paint & Body auto repair shop at Washington and Blanchard Road in Evans.