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.