Wal-Mart has purchased land at the intersection of U.S. 21 and Flint Hill Road near Regent Park north of Fort Mill and plans to open a Supercenter there as soon as late 2010, the company said today.
Coming on the heels of last week's opening of a Tega Cay Supercenter, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman confirmed the property was purchased from Landmark Development Partners this week, but said it’s too early to discuss any details about the proposed store.
But a lack of details isn’t stopping neighbors from raising concerns about the controversial retail giant moving into their backyards.
“You’re just opening up the door to a lot of issues,” said Mike Sexton, president of the 1,100-home Regent Park Homeowners Association, when he learned Wal-Mart had purchased the property.
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Sexton, who noted rumors of Wal-Mart’s interest in the area have circulated for several years, said his initial concerns include how York County will handle the increased traffic associated with the popular home goods and grocery store and provide adequate law enforcement as crowds to the store invade the area.
He also expressed disappointment that Wal-Mart had not met with surrounding property owners before buying the land. He hopes neighbors will have the chance to talk with Wal-Mart and county planners about their concerns before store plans are approved.
“The community always ends up hearing about these things after the fact,” Sexton said. “I’m a firm believer that if you’re not at the table as a part of the conversation, then you’re on the menu. We want to be involved.”
The Fort Mill Wal-Mart will become York County’s sixth Supercenter either already open or being developed. Stores already are open in Rock Hill, York and Tega Cay, which opened last week. Other stores are planned in the Lake Wylie and Newport communities. A seventh store is slated for Indian Land in Lancaster County.
For more, read Friday’s Herald.