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October 22, 2011

Is Sam's Club coming to Rock Hill?

Rock Hill's City Council on Monday will consider a rezoning request likely designed to bring Sam's Club to town.

Rock Hill's City Council on Monday will consider a rezoning request likely designed to bring Sam's Club to town.

Developer Warren Norman requested the zoning change for 40 acres at the corner of Dave Lyle Boulevard and Red River Road, east of the Rock Hill Galleria.

Norman already is developing 8 acres of the site for an Academy Sports + Outdoors store. The $10 million project is slated for a February opening.

Reached for comment Friday, Norman declined to confirm whether Sam's Club is coming to the 136,000-square-foot warehouse and retail space proposed for the remainder of the property.

Norman requested the rezoning and answered questions from the city's Planning Commission at its Oct. 4 meeting. Minutes from the meeting refer only to the proposed warehouse and retail space and are not specific to Sam's Club.

Norman said he asked for the rezoning so the site could be developed under one set of standards.

Officials from Walmart could not be reached for comment, but other news organizations were reporting Friday the location is for Sam's Club.

The amount of space footage discussed before the Planning Commission is consistent with what big-box retailers such as Sam's Club, Costco and BJ Wholesale Club typically build.

Also included in the project is the development of five to six parcels near the street. Norman said these parcels have attracted "major interest."

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