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Construction may start soon on Walmart market

Posted: April 2, 2013 - 11:07pm
Renovations to convert the former Food Lion on Furys Ferry Road into a Walmart Neighborhood Market are expected to begin soon. It will be the area's first Walmart market.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Renovations to convert the former Food Lion on Furys Ferry Road into a Walmart Neighborhood Market are expected to begin soon. It will be the area's first Walmart market.

The transformation of an empty Food Lion in Evans into a Walmart Neighborhood Market is expected to begin soon.

Columbia County officials have nearly finished reviewing construction plans for the planned renovation in the Village at Furys Ferry, at Furys Ferry and Evans-to-Locks roads, said Columbia County Development Services Director Richard Harmon.

“It’s ready for them to walk in the door pretty much and
get a building permit,” Harmon said.

The store, a grocery-only business that’s far smaller than a typical Walmart Supercenter, will be the fifth in Georgia and the first in the Augusta area, according to Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz.

Walmart introduced the Neighborhood Markets in 1998 and has since built 200 of the stores, many of them in spaces where other businesses had closed.

The Martinez Food Lion was one of three
in Columbia County
that closed in February 2012.

“I wouldn’t say it’s to compete with a Fresh Market, but it’s going to be along those lines,” Harmon said.

Matt Mills, of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Real Estate, said the renovations should be completed in time for a December opening.

Even though the building itself is fairly new, the renovations will be extensive in part because of the new store’s planned layout, Harmon said.

Typically, grocery stores have plumbing around the sides and back, but the Walmart plans also call for plumbing down the middle, so concrete will have to be torn out to install water lines, he said.

The Village at Furys Ferry was the subject of considerable neighborhood opposition in its planning stages. A Kroger store
originally planned for the center pulled out when county officials refused
to allow a slightly larger store than the zoning specified.

Food Lion then opened instead. It closed after three years when corporate officials shut down several stores in the chain.

A Big Lots store is planned for the closed Food Lions in Evans Exchange on North Belair Road.

No new tenant has been announced for the closed Food Lion on Old Petersburg Road at Old Evans Road, where the expected extension of River Watch Parkway is likely to take part of the parking lot.

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The roof could also use a bit

The roof could also use a bit of their attention, a damaged roof will be a disaster for the newly renovated building. Going for a roof repair contractor would be wise, figuring out which are the damaged areas would be made easy.



Well, finally, the local authorities have decided to expedite the construction works of Walmart market. The current condition of the market is very pathetic and makes one feel out of place. Once the market is renovated, it will certainly bring more people here. click this link


This project sounds very

This project sounds very promising and if everything goes as planned, the construction will be completed right on time. To make sure the renovation goes smooth, the constructors should use, aside from their mandatory tools, a Sakura marker. It will prove very useful, as it's used quite often on construction sites these days.


If the project hasn't started

If the project hasn't started yet, the contractors should consider using the diamond saw blades along with the other necessary tools. Everyone expects the renovations to be finished right on schedule, so they will have to work with the best products on the market, to comply with the contractual terms.


If the store will do well,

If the store will do well, there is no reason to deny it's expansion. A good property surveying could determine the best way to deal with such a project, after all a larger store will mean more jobs and more choices for the neighborhood.


They are determined to work

They are determined to work quickly on this project and they are right to do so. Every day until the opening is costing the company money. One day you work with concrete, another day with rubber pavers, the contractors have a lot to cover up in such a short notice. The consumers need a fair share of variety in their markets. Let's welcome the new project!


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