Columbia CBD Wal-Mart Nixed


After a year of public angst and enthusiasm, Columbia will not have a Walmart store at Capital City Stadium.

The Atlanta-based company that is seeking to develop a retail center around the city-owned baseball park has informed Columbia leaders that the retailing giant is no longer interested in being an anchor tenant.

Matt Sasser, an executive with Bright-Meyers, said Friday that Wal-Mart’s committee that approves new stores rejected the stadium site. “They did take it to committee and it did get turned down,” Sasser said. “I have been telling y’all for over a year that they had never even committed to the development.”

He said he is seeking several other anchor tenants, but declined to identify any. Columbia’s business development director, Fred Delk, said Bright-Meyers sought more than one anchor all along.

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