Walmart to open HanesTowne store in Winston-Salem

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(Walt Unks/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Walmart Neighborhood Market store — a retail anchor in the HanesTowne Village mixed-use campus — is opening its doors Wednesday at 700 S. Stratford Road, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The Crown Cos. LLC of Dobson is developing the almost 32-acre site that once served as a major textile plant for Hanesbrands Inc. Omega Construction is the general contractor.

Other confirmed retail stores for the campus are: a Bank of North Carolina branch to open in the spring; Fleet Feet Sports moving from 50 Miller St. to a 7,000-square-foot site in March; PDQ, a casual fast-food restaurant chain, in the first quarter; and a LA Fitness center.

Tim Dockery, a partner with Crown, said in September that six outparcels — restaurants and a financial institution — will be along Stratford Road. “Behind those restaurants will be retail in nature, and then further back going toward Business 40 would be office,” he said.

The Walmart grocery stores, which average about 41,000 square feet, offer fresh produce, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, household supplies, health and beauty aids, and a pharmacy. Walmart plans to provide $8,000 in grants to local community groups.

The store is one of five Walmart grocery stores set for Forsyth County. Already open are stores on Country Club Road in the Meadowlark area and in Kernersville. Under construction are stores at Northchase Shopping Center off University Parkway in Winston-Salem and in Clemmons off U.S. 158. The University Parkway store will open Jan. 28.

Walmart has said that all new stores will have at least 95 employees, including full- and part-time workers.

The former Hanesbrand plant and site were bought for $2.6 million in July 2009 by T.P. Pamlico LLC, an affiliate of Turnpike Properties LLC in Winston-Salem, and Crown.

Hanesbrands closed the 550,000-square-foot plant, eliminating 610 positions, in July 2007 as part of its accelerated pursuit of lower-cost, offshore production. It had stood as the biggest, most symbolic piece of Winston-Salem’s textile-manufacturing heritage, with production taking place there for 97 years and a peak workforce of about 900.