Walmart files plans to build third supercenter in Rock Hill

Posted November 1, 2013 4:46 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Walmart Stores, Inc. submitted plans for a third store in the Rock Hill area Friday.

City spokeswoman Katie Quinn confirmed Friday the company wants to build at the corner of Saluda Road at Mount Holly Road.

City planning records obtained late Friday by WRHI show the company has submitted plans to construct a super center, gas station, three additional lots and a retention pond.

Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz said plans for the store call for a 180,000 square foot super center, which he describes as “average” across the company’s properties. Pending approval by the city, Wertz said the store could be built in about a year.

“What an exciting time for Rock Hill! We had these kinds of results in mind when we began the streetscape improvements to the Saluda Corridor,” said Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols.

“The area this going into is so under served,” said Rock Hill City Manager David Vehaun. “It’s also a real validation of the Pennies for Progress work that goes on in this community.”

York County’s Pennies for Progress program widened S.C. 901 between Rock Hill and Interstate 77 to a five lane highway.  Voters approved the plan as a part of the first Pennies for Progress program in 1997 at the cost of $19,297,443.

City of Rock Hill Planning and Development Director Bill Meyer said the area is already zoned commercial.

Walmart already has two existing super centers including one on Dave Lyle Blvd. in the Galleria Mall area and on S.C. 161 near S.C. 274 in the Newport community.

Check back for more on this developing story.