Wal-Mart could come to Grovetown

By: Stephanie Baker Email
By: Stephanie Baker Email

News 12 at 6:00, May 22, 2007

GROVETOWN, Ga.--Business could be booming out in Grovetown.
The mayor tells news 12 a new Wal-Mart may be coming to the area.

News 12 has an exclusive look at the plans the possible construction.
It shows Walmart, and lots of other shops, at I-20 and Lewiston road.

All of this could be big for Grovetown's economy, and for small business workers like Eric Samuels. He says their profits could grow if a new Wal-Mart brings new customers into the area.

"With more people coming, they may possibly clean their car. And everybody will be shopping." Samuels said.

More shopping means more sales tax dollars. This is how it works: let's say a hypothetical company makes $280,000 in sales tax dollars every month. In Columbia County, a part of that goes to community improvements. For the entire year, that's more than $33 thousand from just one business.

The plan shows more than just one; it shows an entire shopping center. Mayor Dennis Trudeau says it all started a few months ago when a Wal-Mart representative said they were interested in the Grovetown area.

"The real estate folks went around, looked at rooftops, looked at the situation here in this area, and decided on the area here within the vicinity of Grovetown." Mayor Trudeau said.

The possibility of a mega-store is a mixed-blessing for some. Gray Knight Computing owner Donny Gray says a new Wal-Mart could cut into part of his computer sales; however, as more people buy computers, more people will need repairs.

"I get a lot of repair jobs from people who buy computers from Wal-Mart," he said. "The more computers that are out there, the better it is for me."

The plan shows the entire area will cover almost four hundred thousand square feet.

Representatives from Wal-Mart did not confirm the details of this plan, but they say they are interested in the area.

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  • by Kelly Location: Grovetown on Jun 18, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    They have to already started hiring people,but the grovetown location is not showing online when you try to apply.
  • by Christopher Location: Gtown-yo! on Jun 7, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    It's opening on July 4th! I'll be the first idiot standing in line waiting to get one of 1000 new XBOX 360 systems they are giving away to the first 1000 people in line.
  • by Chad Location: Grovetown,GA on Jan 25, 2009 at 05:27 AM
    I would like to know when walmart in grovetown will be opening?
  • by regina Location: Grovetown on May 23, 2007 at 02:02 PM
    I'm so excitied about Wal-mart coming to Grovetown.It will make it more easier for my familily and as well as my mom.Plus I'm hoping to get a job there soon as it opens up and start hiring.Going to Evans and Bobby Jones is alot on your gas especially when the gas keeps going up.
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