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Walmart Heads To Holly Springs

The Arkansas-based business will start construction in spring 2013.

One of the world's biggest companies will build its fourth store in Cherokee County. 

Walmart plans to build a 180,000-square-feet store and fuel center along Holly Springs Parkway near Interstate 575 at Exit 14. City Manager Rob Logan said the store will be located on the west side of Holly Springs Parkway, north of Pinecrest Road, and will be bordered by I-575 on the west.

The site, which is 30 acres, will also contain 30,000 square feet of retail space for businesses and additional stores, according to a press release from the city. Construction on the space will begin in spring 2013 and the facility could open sometime in 2014. Between 250 and 300 jobs are expected to come to the area.

"This is a very exciting announcement for our community," Mayor Tim Downing said in a statement. "Not only will it bring badly-needed jobs, but it will spur additional investment in nearby businesses." 

The store will have its traditional line-up of items to offer customers, including general merchandise, groceries stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables, a bakery and deli, a pharmacy and a section on health-related products.

"Walmart has been a fixture in Georgia for over 30 years and is consistently recognized as a valued community partner," Downing continued. "The store will provide residents with an affordable and convenient place to shop and will be wildly popular. The timing of this project is perfectly timed and we are happy to welcome Walmart as our neighbor."

Walmart has three locations in Cherokee County: Bells Ferry Road in Towne Lake, on Highway 92 in Woodstock and on Ball Ground Highway in Canton.

disgusted parent October 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
SarahCool maybe you need to get your head out of your.... and wake up. Walmart sells the same groceries you pay twice as much for at Publix! The same electronics as Best Buy! and the list goes on. And there are people who would love the jobs you say know one could live on! Maybe the people who aren't maxed out on their credit cards, living in a house they can't afford, driving a new fancy car, and shopping at high end stores just to impress people who they think give a crap, can live on Walmart wages. Yes, this is a good sign the economy is turning around. Obama can't fix a 8 year mistake in 3 1/2 years. And when your shopping in your high end stores, why don't you ask them where their products are made! They aren't made in America!
disgusted parent October 08, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Yep, get your head out of your.... Construction jobs are good paying jobs! And I have heard of people that have worked for Walmart for years! And really bike lanes! Lets spend the tax payers money for bike lanes! They are dangerous on these county roads, they would cost the county a fortune to put in! How many people out there ask if the county has bikes lanes vefore they move here?!?! I guess you think bike lanes are more important then our schools, roads, water systems, parks etc.... Please get on your bike and leave then if you don't like it, Cherokee county doesn't need people like you!
J C SMITH October 08, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Sarah you are either a very bitter former walmart employee or a rich snooty woman that can afford the designer stores. And of course you are one who wants all those things built, like "bike lanes" and parks but don't want anybody to have to pay for it except the tax payers. Wake up, there are many many many people who cannot afford to shop anywhere but Goodwill, WalMart, Costco, etc. Just check the parking lots of these and they are always full. But check those shopping malls with big designer stores and they are empty. Not to mention there are many folks around this area hurting for employment and will welcome that $8-$9 an hour opportunity. So instead of being the rich snoot complaining about not getting bike lanes to ride around on, realize not everybody in Cherokee County is a rich snoot!
Paula Hilton October 08, 2012 at 02:10 PM
This is ridiculous. Couldn't they have put it out near Hickory Flat where there isn't already a Walmart? Do we really need one this close to the other three in the county? I think not.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Please refrain from personal attacks in these comments. There's plenty to talk about with the store, you don't need to attack each other. Several comments have been kept out of this stream because they were attacks on a person, not an issue.
hope October 08, 2012 at 02:35 PM
@ sarah...yes, they are asleep. especially in canton! progressive or positive? nope. not around here. city council is a joke (although b. bryan has always been kind to us). they are totally out of touch. if only we could sell our house! we dream of it every single day.
Sarah Cool October 08, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Commuting by bike in proper bike lanes along with vehicle traffic and bike paths in parks are TWO completely different things. Thank you for illustrating a perfect example of the inability of people here to see the big picture.
Sarah Cool October 08, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Just for the record, I don't shop at Publix nor Best Buy, I have one credit card, my cars are paid for, I rent an apartment, I buy my clothing at Goodwill rather than high end stores, AND I'm the biggest Obama supporter in Cherokee County. Oh, and I'd like to feel safe riding my bike around town to do my errands while getting exercise.
Sarah Cool October 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I'm not interested in any high end shops as much as I'm not interested in another WalMart.
Sarah Cool October 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Something else to consider ... studies show that WalMarts kill local jobs, especially Mom & Pops, and don't nearly replace the losses on anything like a 1:1 correlation. Also, they usually build where they can get Tax deferred status for a period of time (not contributing to the local tax base) and often move to a new tax-deferred location soon after the deferment expires. (See the comment above about how they will close the Canton WalMart as soon as they can get this new one built in Holly Springs.)
J C SMITH October 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Like Bob said, stay on topic and stop complaining with creative facts off of some google search. WalMart is FACTUALLY one of the most successful business' in America. As well WalMart is FACTUALLY one of the most involved, and BEST, Business Partners with any community they have a store. Check the FACTS on their contributions and donations to local projects, schools, and orgainizations.
miamigirl October 08, 2012 at 08:11 PM
If your idea of "seeing the big picture" is that bike paths on the side of the road are going to create jobs, improve our economy, and attract people to our county...then you are right, I must be out of touch. >>SIGH<<
miamigirl October 08, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Most big box stores can have that effect on small businesses, not just WalMart. The surrounding business that are not competitors will thrive....dry cleaners, restaurants, beauty salons, etc. I mean, when have you ever seen a Walmart, Target, Home Depot, etc., that was not surrounded by other restaurants and businesses? Growth is growth. And even if the exit 20 store closed down, so what? I would think that one less Walmart would make you happy! The fact is that whole area is a big eyesore and there already is a number of vacant businesses in the surrounding area...so it could use some revitalization. With the continued growth in this area I have full confidence that eventually someone will invest in improving that area and something new will go up.
crrazytimes October 10, 2012 at 01:27 PM
yeah keep creating your own competition........ no better than publix. only thing this new store will do is, take alot of the walmart river stone customers. stupid stupid stupid
New Holly Springs Resident October 12, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Why are we just now hearing about this? It seems everywhere else a Walmart has been proposed, the community has had time to rally either for or against it. I object to the fact that this seems to have been so sneakily put together. Whose palm was greased in order for this to happen without the community being informed? The article in the Ledger refers to us soon not having to "commute" all the way to other cities to get to big box stores. The six minute drive from Exit 14 ALL THE WAY up to Exit 20 is hardly a commute. The quotes in both this article and the one that appeared in the Ledger today are trying desperately to give this a positive slant. What about the simple fact that a Walmart cheapens the whole atmosphere of any city in which it is built? What about the fact that a gorgeous green space lining Exit 14 will be leveled? Now when we exit 575 at Exit 14 instead of a forested view, we'll be seeing the back of a big warehouse! Ooh, I can't wait to sit in a traffic jam looking onto loading docks! This whole thing seems like our neighborhood is taking a big step backwards. Instead of being known as the quaint little city in Cherokee County where the old train Depot is, Holly Springs can now be known as that little city up 575 where there's yet ANOTHER Walmart!
country boy October 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
country boy miamigirl u say thank obama, i think not, thank local gov.
country boy October 12, 2012 at 09:34 PM
get rid of bikes
country boy October 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM
sarah cool hu. bike lane bring people ya right, had a run in with with your so called bikers on time. all they showed me was they need to stay at home. we was hunting some bikers came flying through the woods on their pretty bikes with white helments on just after daylight one morning, all most got shot. durning deer season you dont ware white ,thats a deer flag,told them they needed to ware orange in the woods ,allhe could say was if the bullet can catch me let them shoot, ha ha put money on schools jobs something worth spending on!!!!!!!!
country boy October 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
move to buckhead!!!
Trudy October 14, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I agree with "New Holly Springs Resident", why have we not heard of this? I think this cheapens our town. I am not a WalMart basher. I like to shop there, but do I want it in my backyard? I believe business builds business. But WalMart attracks people who don"t care about "our" town.
Concerned October 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Walmarts are trashy places. THey start out nice and like someone else said, it is a dump! What makes you think this one won't turn out the same way once it has been there for a few years. They attract the worst! I would love to see a high end mall too, it would also bring jobs. Thank God they are not putting in the Hickory Flat area! I never go to Walmart unless Target doesn't have what I need.
Concerned October 15, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I am right there with you Sarah! I only go when I can't find it somewhere else. I don't care if I pay a few cents more. They are not that much cheaper anyway and I don't feel safe in most of the ones I have went in either! They bring the area down when they move in.
Concerned October 15, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Jeff - you are so right! That's what happens to most of them. I have seen this happen in at least two other cities that I have lived in or shopped in.
jorgie October 16, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I just want to know when someone will buy out across the street from the new Walmart location? I dont want to be the house overlooking the Walmart parking lot...
Nt1 November 03, 2012 at 12:32 AM
What happened to the bird sanctuary?? Where will the birds live? This was such a lovely spot!
Holly Springs Resident November 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
To all of you wanting bike trails & bird sanctuary's, Buy the property yourself and build it nobody's stopping you. And start attending your local counsel meetings and county commission meeting`s. This has been in the works for a very long time, Wal-mart does not just buy a piece of property without studying the where, why and how.
OldishGeezer March 26, 2013 at 01:54 PM
This is fantastic! I love seeing new construction. It fills my heart with Joy. Seeing the economy growing, people getting steady work, willing to shop (and can) a little more. This coming from someone who was laid off and couldn't get hired for any legal job for almost two years (and being a single Mom, head of house hold). Thats' right I do have morals. So THANK YOU WALMART! And yes this is effecting me directly, for the ground breaking is helping me directly in my new career.
OldishGeezer March 26, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Birds live where they wish, they don't have to have credit checks, down payment or a job to "move in". People do.
Concerned about Cherokee June 04, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Why doesn't the county (Cherokee County) start working on bringing in big business to the unincorporated areas of the county. I know all the county commissioners and they all could take lessions from all the cities. The cities are growing by leaps and bounds while the county is sitting on their hands, collecting an inflated salary....
Ren H June 08, 2013 at 02:58 PM
With all the other new developments out here I think most will be happy there is another Walmart a little closer. I know I will be. That six mile hike to the other Walmart cost me extra money in gas which is expensive. As the traffic increases getting to the other Walmart gets harder and more dangerous. I welcome being able to run to the store easily, not to mention all the jobs it will create. A lot want to complain about low paying jobs but they are the jobs that keep families from having to combines multiple families into a single family home and provide more tax payers. No matter how you look at it, you are not very bright if you don't believe this helps our economy. I watched development come to a halt out here which was sad. This is very exciting movement.

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