Sam’s Club construction to begin at Fischer Crossing in August

Thu, 07/23/2009 - 3:07pm
By: Ben Nelms

Fischer Crossing developer Scott Seymour has maintained all along that 800,000 square feet of commercial space was destined for the intersection of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta. A national recession and a Chapter 11 reorganization for the developer notwithstanding, it seems Seymour was right. The deal on the development’s first anchor store, a 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club, closed Tuesday and construction work is expected to begin in mid-August.

Commenting on the project, Seymour said Wednesday that the July 21 closing on the property should lead to the start of construction sometime in mid-August and an opening date approximately a year later.

Sam’s Club has 11 locations in metro Atlanta. The Coweta location will be the third Sam's Club on the south side of Atlanta, the others being near Southlake Mall in Clayton County and near McDonough in Henry County. Neither of those are located in southwest metro, a fact that Seymour said should be beneficial for Coweta since residents from a large geographic area will likely shop at the new store.

“The opening of the Sam’s Club will mean significant tax revenue for Coweta County,” Seymour said Wednesday, adding that he expects the arrival of Sam’s Club to attract other commercial interests to the Fischer Crossing development. “We anticipate resurrecting some of the past tenants we had.”

As the crow flies, Fischer Crossing is eight-tenths of a mile west of the Ga. Highway 54 bridge over Line Creek. The Sam's Club will be within two miles of its corporate sibling, a 24-hour Super Walmart in Wilksmoor Village.

As conceived, the entire 800,000 square-foot Fischer Crossing development would span the northeast, northwest and southwest corners of the Hwy. 34/Fischer Road intersection. Then as now, Sam’s Club will anchor the northwest side of Fischer Road and Hwy. 34. A multi-screen theater, something Seymour said he still expects to happen, was planned to anchor the northeast corner of the development.

Sam's Club is a chain of more than 700 membership-only retail warehouse clubs in every state but Oregon and Vermont, according to Wikipedia. Owned and operated by Walmart Stores, Inc., the chain serves more than 47 million U.S. members, many of whom pay $25 a year for the membership card.

Most merchandise is sold in bulk and directly off pallets. Clubs are arranged much like a warehouse, with merchandise stocked in warehouse-style steel bins. Most locations also have have pharmacy, tire and battery, photo, bakery, optical, café and floral departments. Small businesses can buy at wholesale prices, minus sales taxes, on items they later re-sell.

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 8:22am.

It's too bad that all the SPLOST tax collected at Sam's from Fayette citizens will go to Coweta County.

When our Fayette tax was at 5 and even 6 percent, some Coweta residents made the effort to shop in Fayette County to save some tax, and in the process they gave Fayette citizens a little bit of tax.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 8:35am.

Mapleleaf, the Sam's shoppers have always been shopping at a Sam's somewhere else. Thank God! The people that go to those stores could easily be found in a routine police line-up. Let'em have their SPLOST!

Vote Republican

Submitted by Okie on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 10:18am.

I'm hoping that was an attempt at sarcasm. My parents shop at Sam's Club in Oklahoma. Some of the Delta guys shop there for supplies for the snack and drink machines because it's cheaper. Never been in a police line-up, much less a police station!

Submitted by Davids mom on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 9:13am.

You've seen these people at Sam's Club? Did you also join them in paying 50-60% less than retail? Those who are not losing their homes are going to Sam's Club!

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 9:02am.

For a company that did 44.4 BILLION in 2008, that's one hell of a police line-up.

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Submitted by opustv on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 12:44am.

I realize that this is in Coweta but it is a stones throw from PTC and we have so much dead retail space in PTC now. For example...the Shopping Center Group is about to rehabb Braelinn Village. They could kick that nasty, embarrassing K-Mart out of there, blow the box out to 150,000 sq ft and Sam's would fit right there and be a massive boost to that shopping center without adding more traffic to 54. Even Kroger would endorse that plan. We're concentrating too many boxes in a small area and killing other retail districts in the city with neglect. 54/34 will look like Buford Hwy in 10 years or less.

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Submitted by TinCan on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 1:16pm.

Did K-mart ban you or something? I'll admit the store was pretty pathetic around a year or so ago and I stopped going there myself. A lot of stuff out of stock and the store was cluttered. But I recently went in and found the shelves are now well stocked and the place looks neat and clean. Looks pretty much like all other stores in that category now. Guess is doesn't do too well on the "upscale" meter though.

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Submitted by Steve Brown on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 10:55pm.

It is not difficult to imagine what the traffic will be like on Highway 54-W after Coweta and the current City Council (specifically Logsdon/Boone/Plunkett) are finished.

The additional traffic signal at Line Creek Drive will cause havoc.

Submitted by PTC Observer on Sat, 07/25/2009 - 2:10pm.

Mr.Brown it will not be havoc, it will simply be North Atlanta in PTC.

It will also be a money trail of revenue leaving the city and the county. Our unimaginative political leadership is shipping both revenue and jobs out of our county. Good thing we passed the last SPLOST to give them good roads to ride on.

Let’s make sure that we don’t repeat that mistake.

Submitted by boo boo on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 10:52pm.

And we think traffic is bad now going through PTC...You only have to look at the parking lot in McDonough, at the Sam's store there, to see the amount of traffic this One Store alone will generate.

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Submitted by mudcat on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 3:20am.

How horrible, people using our roads to shop in Coweta County where the massive tax dollars will be spent. These people will wear out our roads, maybe even stop in PTC to rob a house or buy gas or lunch on their way back to Riverdale. What can we do? Boo hoo.

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