I had to laugh when I read a Fort Mill Times editorial this week about Wal-Mart building a wall of stores around our community. I posted Sunday the news about a new Wal-Mart planned for Highway 21 and Flint Hill road and another store is planned in the Lake Wylie area. What I did not say is Wal-Mart has been planning a new store in Lancaster County on Highway 521 in Indian Land. Wal-Mart and Lancaster County officials did not know when construction will begin of the Indian Land Wal-Mart.
Still not enough shop to you drop? Construction for a new Wal-Mart is schedule to begin this year in the Newport community northwest of Rock Hill near the intersection of Highway 161 and Heckle Boulevard.
It is obvious that many big box retailers not just Wal-Mart have targeted our area because of the tremendous growth in our area. Lowe’s plans to start construction of a new store in the Queensgate development district on the corner of Hghway 521 and SC 160.
The debate is on whether the expansive retail development will negatively or positively impact our area. The fact is its coming whether we are ready or not. I will be surprised if all start construction this year based on the current economic conditions. Time will tell.