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Third Walmart in Forsyth County to open in 2014

Land sale reached after opposition reached agreement

June 24, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A Super Walmart has cleared another hurdle as the sale on the land in south Forsyth County went through last week.

CBRE Inc. announced the sale of a 24-acre commercial site to Walmart.

The property on 2395 Peachtree Parkway at Mathis Airport Parkway, in the heart of a growing area and near Johns Creek, will be home to a 177,000-square-foot Walmart with 721 parking spaces. The superstore is expected to open sometime in 2014.

Scott McGregor, executive vice president, CBRE Land Services Group, oversaw the marketing and permitting process.

The opening of this Super Walmart is expected to bring 250 jobs to the area, McGregor said in a news release.

This will mark the third location in Forsyth County. Other stores are located on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming and Atlanta Highway in Alpharetta.

The new store will be located near a Target, Home Depot and other retailers along Peachtree Parkway and Brookwood Road.

The property had to clear a number of hurdles before it could be sold.

In December, the superstore was issued a site development permit, but that was challenged by Smart Growth Forsyth and Laurel Springs Homeowners Association. The objections were dropped in May, when all parties came to an agreement.

Smart Growth argued the county improperly issued the permit as the proposed development did not satisfy parking lot requirements for development in the Peachtree Parkway Overlay District. Laurel Springs Homeowners Association joined the Smart Growth appeal.

As part of these discussions, Walmart agreed to remove 41 parking spaces from proposed development and replace those spaces with additional green space.

Walmart also agreed to withdraw a pending land disturbance permit application for an alternative site at Peachtree Parkway and Bagley Road.

"We had to overcome numerous hurdles to get this deal to closing from zoning, Department of Transportation approvals, appeals of permits, but ultimately Walmart got the best site in the submarket that will create hundreds of new jobs," McGregor said.

The ownership group still owns three outparcels, which are planned for retail and restaurants at the new signalized entrance on Peachtree Parkway.

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    June 26, 2013 | 07:54 AM

    The hurdles and regulations put in front of businesses to just open are ridiculous.

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    Exactly, Bill...
    June 27, 2013 | 10:46 PM

    ...and that's exactly why I have refrained from investing and starting up my own business. Of course there are the constant tax raise threats as well, but that's another topic altogether. Elections have consequences.

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    NO WALMART in Cumming!
    July 12, 2013 | 01:07 PM

    A new WALMART will just bring more crime to the area since WALMART BREEDS CRIME and is a HAVEN for criminal activity. Lets just open a MARTA station in the parking lot while we are at it too. NO NEW WALMART!

    Johns Creek
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    wish they would upgrade infastructure
    November 13, 2013 | 09:05 AM

    I welcome the developement, however forsyth needs to get these businesses and builders to contribute on road improvements to handle traffic. I'm ALL for more business and growth, but not with the existing roads which currently cannot keep up with growth. Forsyth is quickly starting to choke itself to death with traffic. I moved into a new home in Summer of 2012 and within the year my community has doubled with houses being sold faster than they can be built. I've seen my home increase by 60K in value but I've seen my commute go from me leaving the house by 6:45am to leaving by 6:15am... must invest in transportation solutions.

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    November 17, 2013 | 03:12 PM

    I welcome the new Walmart adjacent to Target. Target's prices need a swift kick in the rear & with Walmart next door, maybe we'll save all around! Plus it will just be nice to not have to drive all the to way Cumming or Suwanee just for those "walmart trips". And to whomever said some rubbish about Walmart breeding crime, I don't even know how to reply... um... it's a store... people tend to breed crime... not buildings. Hmm, yeah. And does that thinking apply to all super stores? Does the Target across the street breed crime too? Or were you barkin up a whole 'nother tree? Think about it. Thanks. YAY WALMART!! :)

    Suwanee (Forsyth side)
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    To Bill and Jason
    November 19, 2013 | 02:26 PM

    Not have regulations and what, let the businesses run rampant and destroy everything in their path? Regulations are important and so are the taxes. You benefit from them as do other citizens. If you dont like it move to Caymen islands.

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