Mayor says new Walmart will boost Holly Springs economy
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@cherokeetribune.com
October 10, 2012 01:06 AM | 5112 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOLLY SPRINGS — A Walmart Supercenter store is coming to Holly Springs in 2014, city officials announced.

The announcement was made over the weekend by the city of Holly Springs, which says construction will begin next spring at a 30-acre site on Holly Springs Parkway, just off exit 14 on Interstate 575.

The store’s opening is expected a year later.

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

Walmart did not return requests for comments.

The new store is expected to provide the area with between 250 and 300 new jobs, according to the city. It will measure 180,000 square feet and have a fueling station.

The property is currently zoned general commercial, according to the city.

The site will also have 30,000 square feet of additional retail space for other businesses, the city said.

Now Holly Springs residents have to drive six miles to either Canton or Woodstock for the closest Walmart store.

City Manager Rob Logan said the new store will have its customary wide selection of general merchandise, along with “affordable food and consumable products.”

He said it will also offer consumers fresh fruits and vegetables, to-go meals, a bakery, deli, pharmacy and an expansive selection of health-related products.

“Walmart has been a fixture in Georgia for 30 years and is consistently recognized as a valued community partner,” Downing said.

“The store will provide residents with an affordable and convenient place to shop and will be widely popular. The timing for this project is perfectly timed and we are happy to welcome Walmart as our neighbor.”
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October 13, 2012
I saw this happen to Austell Georgia. We moved here to live in a neighborhood community NOT big box central. Sad truth is all the City leaders can see are the tax revenue which comes with commercial growth. It outweighs our desires to have a nice quiet neighborhood community. Hard for the council not to be seduced by sexy PR campaigns spoon fed by Walmart....ohhh the tax base revenue. Forget the neighborhood folks who want a nice quiet lifestyle. The hospital at the top of Sixes Road looks like four architectural styles, and NOTHING like the drawing on the original ad board. Yellow, stone, steel, and turquoise blue windows out of the 50's mixed with brown lettering, straight roof, slanted...and it will be here forever. Who approved that architectural drawing? A permanent eyesore. Come on Holly Springs at least ACT like you care.....
Dumb Holly Springs
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October 10, 2012
Thank you Holly Springs! My life will become remarkably better when I no longer have to drive the 6 LONG miles to a Walmart. Is Holly Springs even a real city?
Sweet Lord
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October 10, 2012
Are you telling me that current Holly Springs residents have to drive an entire 6 miles now to ge to the nearest Wal-Mart. That is an outrage, why have we not had a Wal-Mart here sooner. I should be able to walk to the nearest Wal-Mart. As a resident of Holly Springs, it is inexcusable that I should have to be in my vehicle for 10 minutes to get to the nearest Wal-Mart.

Thank you Mayor for selling out our community to yet another convenience, please continue to fight for our community and bringing in more discount centers, instead of businesses that pay above minimum wage and give value to our city and residents into being a truly great place to live.

Can we get an antique flea market next?
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