Walmart may be headed to Clemmons

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CLEMMONS — Walmart appears to be moving to Clemmons, the Winston-Salem Journal is reporting.

Though Walmart officials could not be reached for confirmation, applications for sign permits and a grading permit have been filed with the Forsyth County Inspections Office, necessary steps for any new business.

The sign application specifically calls for signs that read “Walmart” to be placed at 3633 Clemmons Road, the site of the old Bi-Lo supermarket in the Clemmons Village Shopping Center.

Those applications are still being reviewed, according to Desmond Corley, a zoning plans administrator with the county.

In addition, a site plan for a Walmart was submitted to the Village of Clemmons for a 41,800-square-foot grocery store and pharmacy, which are much smaller than the chain’s supercenters.

A similar site plan was submitted to the Forsyth County Register of Deeds on June 26.

Such neighborhood markets are being built at the intersection of Country Club and Meadowlark roads near Lewisville and in Kernersville. Additionally, Walmart recently announced plans to renovate an old Kroger store on University Parkway.

The 38,700-square-foot Bi-Lo store, which anchors the shopping center, has been vacant for several years, giving this once bustling strip mall an appearance of desolation.

Walmart plans to buy the mattress store and paint store to the west of the old Bi-Lo and incorporate that square footage into the neighborhood market. Businesses on the east end of the shopping center, including the popular Clemmons Kitchen, will remain under the ownership of Western Enterprises Inc.

The area already has the proper zoning, said Megan Ledbetter, Clemmons’ planner.

Walmart will need to meet the village’s requirements on storm water and tree preservation.

Ed Scharff, who owns Sand Trap Custom Golf just a few doors down from the planned Walmart, said the presence of the world’s largest retailer at the shopping center would give his business and others a boost.

“It’s an automatic rejuvenation,” said Scharff, who opened his business more than a year ago. “People who didn’t even know I existed will see my name out front. It’s going to make everyone here more prosperous. I know my traffic is going to increase.”

A Walmart could act as a catalyst for the southern end of Lewisville-Clemmons Road. The village’s development has moved north on Lewisville-Clemmons Road, past Interstate 40, worrying some businesses owners in what is known as the heart of Clemmons.

The expected revitalization of the Clemmons Village Shopping Center coupled with new tenants in Kinnamon Village, a few miles down the road, gives an economic shot in the arm to the south end of the village.

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