Walmart Express to open in Chapel Hill before Christmas
By Karen Hall
At their meeting Monday night, the Chapel Hill Planning Commission approved plans for a Walmart Express store, to be built at the corner of US Highway 31A and Patterson Cemetery Road, just south of the elementary school and the site of the new intermediate school.
The retail space will total about 12,000 square feet said Interim Town Administrator Austin Edmondson. Fresh foods and hard goods will be sold, and there will be a fuel center, pharmacy, and check cashing services. The projected opening date is Dec. 15.
The project has been underway for about three months. Edmondson said he heard about it six weeks ago, but had to keep quiet until the planning commission gave the go-ahead.
Another retailer is planning to move and expand.
Chapel Hill already has a Dollar General store, but the company was recently given permission to build a new, bigger store, also south of town, at the corner of US Highway 31A and Caney Spring Road.
Another building project is a customer service center, being built by Duck River Electric Membership Corporation at the site of their sub-station.
"There's a lot of construction going on in Chapel Hill this year," said Edmondson. "I'm excited!
"We're really getting some things done," he continued. "We're getting things moving. It's fantastic for Chapel Hill and its future."
Edmondson predicted people who like to live in a small community would continue to move to Chapel Hill and the surrounding area.
In other business, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be interviewing applicants for the position of city recorder/treasurer on Saturday, May 31. The following Saturday, June 7, they will be interviewing candidates for the job of city administrator. Edmondson himself is one of the four on the short list for this job.
"We did get a good pool of candidates," he said, and all of them have significant local government experience.