Planned Orangeburg Wal-Mart Rejected


After an hour-long hearing, Orangeburg City Council decided Tuesday not to allow Walmart to build a grocery store on 7-1/2 acres on Columbia Road.

Councilwoman Liz Zimmerman Keitt asked the developers to “take a look at other places” that could be used for the investment, rather than a residential area.

With that, she offered a motion to uphold the city planning commission’s decision to deny a request to change the zoning on the parcel from A-2 multi-unit residential to B1 general business. Council unanimously approved it.

Development firm Cypress Equities announced in May that it planned to invest $20 million building two Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in the city. One would be on the Columbia Road site behind Palmetto Place Apartments, the other on a parcel zoned for business on Stonewall Jackson Boulevard.


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