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Officials to give update on north Forsyth Walmart

NORTH FORSYTH — Representatives of Walmart are scheduled to discuss the development of a new super center in north Forsyth during the May 5 meeting of the Forsyth County commission.

The new store came up during a work session Tuesday, with Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills saying residents have been curious.

“The public is demanding to have some type of an update as far as wanting some type of information, wanting to know when they are breaking ground,” said Mills, whose District 4 includes the store site.

The super center has been approved for building and site development permits on 45 acres at 3555 Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369), just west of Ga. 400.

Last week, a representative with Walmart told the Forsyth County News that construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with a spring 2017 opening date.

The project has been long dormant, after being originally approved in 2003. The economic downturn halted it.

The retailer did not need to go before the current commission to get re-approved. None of the current commissioners were in office 13 years ago. 

“It’s difficult to be in the position to take up what is coming before you and not be able to give any conditions or be able to take what [then- District 4] Commissioner [Marcie] Kreager back in 2003, but that is exactly what we’re having to do,” Mills said.

In August, the commission approved installing a traffic signal at the entrance to the future store. At the time, officials said the store likely would open in 2016.

According to county documents, a site development application has also been approved for a fuel center on the property.

The exact size and features of the retail center were not immediately available.