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Wal-Mart not interested in stadium site near downtown Columbia

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Wal-Mart is not interested in building a store on the Capital City Stadium property near downtown Columbia.

"Wal-Mart does not intend to come to the property," said Fred Delk, Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation. "Keep in mind that the developer, nor the city ever said it was going to be a Walmart."

The decision, according to Delk, happened a few weeks ago. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. turned down the location, but did not rule out opening its doors on other sites in or near downtown Columbia.   

Atlanta-based developer Bright-Myers plans to build approximately 193,000 sq. ft. of retail space on a 23-acre section of the Olympia neighborhood where Capital City Stadium currently stands.

Plans for the property, dubbed Capital City Station, include an approximately 92,000 sq. ft. anchor, 3 smaller anchor stores and other smaller retail stores and restaurants.

The project calls for a total of 774 parking spaces, including a single-level underground parking garage with 209 spaces, and close to 100 spaces for bicycles.

The property will also feature a small green space along Assembly St. with a sidewalk and a creek and over 300 trees scattered throughout the development.

Delk said Bright-Meyers has been working with a number of potential anchors for the project from the beginning of its planning.

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