Now the former Food Lion shopping center is demolished, developers can focus on rebuilding and new business openings.
A new Walmart Neighborhood Market and a new commercial building in Fort Mill Square could open as early as January.
“Walmart is still shooting for an early 2016 grand opening,” spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said.
Neighborhood Markets average 38,000 square feet and 95 employees. The company has more than 500 sites nationwide. Although focusing on groceries, customers can order products on walmart.com and have it delivered at the market.
Also part of the redevelopment at Fort Mill Square is a commercial building between USA Tire and South State Bank. A building there now has been extra space for USA Tire. A new one will be constructed.
Kelley Glenn with developer Sunbelt Ventures said the five-tenant, 7,500-square-foot building opposite Walmart should open soon after the main retailer.
“We are starting on construction right now,” she said. “That should be up around the first of the year.”
Three of the five spaces have tenants close to signing, Glenn said. Los Aztecas closed in January with plans to reopen with the new construction. Glenn said her company is in continued contact with Los Aztecas though developers “haven’t heard from them recently.”
Glenn expects a full list of tenants soon.
“Once we have all the leases signed, we’ll be able to announce those,” she said. “I would say in a couple of months.”
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