Kroger likely anchor of Capital City Stadium property development

A 2012 rendering of the property, which was dubbed "Capital City Station" at the time.
A 2012 rendering of the property, which was dubbed "Capital City Station" at the time.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It appears Atlanta-based commercial developer Bright-Meyers is very close to having a grocery store as an anchor for its development of the Capital City Stadium property in downtown Columbia.

The Kroger Company has granted corporate approval to proceed with locating a store in the 5.97 acre development where the Assembly Street ballpark currently sits.

In a letter to city manager Teresa Wilson, the company says it is proceeding with design, permitting and zoning to secure final approval from the city.

The City of Columbia and Bright-Meyers have amended the original purchase contract for the property four times as the developer searched for an anchor.

The current purchase agreement will be discussed at council's April 15 meeting. It would have to be extended to May so design guidelines and other details can be worked out.

Previously, it was believed a Walmart would anchor the development known as 'Capital City Station.'

In late 2012, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said it was not interested in building on the property.

Bright-Meyers then began the search for a new anchor.

The Columbia Blowfish will use the stadium for one more season before it is knocked down to make way for the retail and residential project.

Bright-Meyers anticipates work to begin on the new project in early spring 2015.

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