Walmart plans Neighborhood Market for Cherry Road

adouglas@heraldonline.comNovember 12, 2013 

A second Walmart Neighborhood Market grocery store is planned for Rock Hill.

City officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the company has filed a site plan for a market-style store to be built on Cherry Road, where the Kickin’ Pig restaurant and Quick Clean Car Wash currently are.

Walmart has not yet released details on the new store.

Last month, Walmart announced plans for a new Neighborhood Market to open on Celanese Road in Rock Hill, at the intersection of Celanese and Ebinport roads.

Neighborhood Market Walmart stores are about one-quarter of the size of the company’s supercenter retail stores.

Rock Hill has two supercenters and a third in the works. Plans for the third supercenter--located at the intersection of Mt. Holly Road and Saluda Street--were announced earlier this month.

The company’s markets are focused on grocery sales. The stores also include some hardware and pet products as well as a pharmacy.

The Celanese Road market plan also calls for a Walmart-ran gas station and other smaller stores to be built in the shopping center.

Company officials have said the Neighborhood Market will open in late 2014.

This month, some neighbors pushed back against Walmart’s plans to build on Celanese Road.

The company plans to buy about 14 acres of land for the new store--about half of that land is currently used for residential purposes.

Some neighbors’ are concerned about increased traffic when the neighborhood market opens, the affect the store will have on their home’s property value and the impact on quality of life in the area when retail shops pop up. Nearly 60 residents who live near the proposed store site attended a public hearing held in Rock Hill to discuss Walmart’s plans.

Rock Hill’s Planning Commission has yet to approve Walmart’s plans for the Celanese Road store. The commission plans to vote on the issue on Dec. 3.

Planning Commission approval for the Cherry Road neighborhood market will also likely be needed.

Rock Hill officials said on Tuesday that the company plans to build a gas station with the Neighborhood Market store on Cherry Road.

The 42,000-square foot store will be similar in size to the one planned for Celanese Road.

Walmart’s plans will also have to pass the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s traffic impact review process.

It’s unclear when construction on the Cherry Road store might begin.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets typically create about 90 jobs. Rock Hill’s two proposed stores will be among the first neighborhood markets built in South Carolina.

Mark Miller, owner of the Kickin’ Pig restaurant, says he plans to move once Walmart buys the land where his business is located.

The restaurant has been closed for several weeks, but Miller says he’s hoping to re-open soon.

The future restaurant location will likely be farther north on Cherry Road, he said.

Miller is eying the old Shoney’s restaurant location as a potential place for the future Kickin’ Pig.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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