Sam’s Club underway at Fischer Crossing, opens early 2011

The northwest corner of Ga. Highway 34 and Fischer Road near the Fayette County line is the new home of a 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club that is expected to open in early 2011. A part of the nearly 800,000 square-foot Fischer Crossing retail development, the Sam’s Club will be joined later this year by NCG Theaters on the northeast corner of the development. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Anyone driving through the intersection of Ga. highways 34 and 54 and Fischer Road in east Coweta County can’t help but notice the change. Well out of the ground on the northwest corner and expected to open in early 2011 is the 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club.

County lines have a place of prominence in many areas, but not in business. Contacted earlier this week about the anticipated opening date, Sam’s Club Corporate Communications Manager Kristy Reed said the company’s Peachtree City store is expected to open early next year. Along with Coweta County residents, the store will likely draw plenty of business from Peachtree City and Fayette County, but the sales tax revenue generated there will remain in Coweta.

The 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club will serve as the anchor for the northwest corner of the commercial development. In its current form, the nearly 800,000 square-foot Fischer Crossing development will span the northeast and northwest corners of the Hwy. 34/Fischer Road intersection.

As the crow flies, the entire Fischer Crossing development is approximately one-half mile west of the Ga. Highway 54 bridge at the Fayette County line. The Sam’s Club will be within two miles of its corporate sibling, a 24-hour Super Walmart in Wilksmoor Village in Peachtree City.

And just across Fischer Road on the northeast corner with Hwy. 34 and continuing a short distance east to the traffic light at Hwy. 34 and Hwy. 54 will be the portion of the Fischer Crossing development that will be anchored by the 10-12 screen NCG Theaters. Foundation work for the theater begins this weekend, with an anticipated opening near the end of the year, according to developer Scott Seymour.

Sam’s Club has 11 locations in metro Atlanta. The Coweta location will be the third Sam’s Club on the south side of Atlanta, the others being near Southlake Mall in Clayton County and near McDonough in Henry County.

Sam’s Club is a chain of more than 700 membership-only retail warehouse clubs in every state but Oregon and Vermont, according to Wikipedia. Owned and operated by Walmart Stores, Inc., the chain serves more than 47 million U.S. members, many of whom pay $25 a year for the membership card.

Most merchandise is sold in bulk and directly off pallets. Clubs are arranged much like a warehouse, with merchandise stocked in warehouse-style steel bins. Most locations also have have pharmacy, tire and battery, photo, bakery, optical, café and floral departments. Small businesses can buy at wholesale prices, minus sales taxes, on items they later re-sell.

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new Kohls in wrong county

Looks like a new Kolhs will go in. but just across the county line. Cowetta Co. and their schools will once again benefit from Fayette Co shoppers. We could have had the Kohls in the new center across from WalMart, but PTC leadership didn't want other county residents coming to PTC to shop!

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My view on retail..creation of the ultimate bedroom community

Hopefully this new Kohl's and other development changes get passed as we need the retail development closer to home. (We as a county could probably use the revenue too, as it doesn't appear much in the way of new home building is going on as a new source of revenue. Yes Coweta gets the traffic, but also the revenue. It looks like many are shopping at Walmart already so we might as well take the property revenue from these other stores too.
The new development slated for Redwine and 74S is also desperately needed as the un-renovated interior of the Kmart at Braelin which is the only store to shop in on the south-side just doesn't cut it anymore.
Hopefully they nix the proposed manufacturing facility at the intersection of Redwine/74S and build the retail..a new Target on the southside would be nice. I'm sure there are a few vacant buildings in the industrial park that can be used for new manufacturing.
For my shopping experiences, it would nice to not have to go 10 miles to Fayetteville and Newnan anytime we need something we use every day.
Also, in my 3 visits to Gilroy's only 1 time did they "got it".

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make better retail decisions for city budget

So the mayor thinks PTC residents don't buy in bulk! We're all wealthy here in PTC, above common folks that buy in bulk!! I for one am looking forward to no longer having to drive to Morrow as many of us do to visit Sam's or Costco. Drive to BJ's in Newnan and check out all the Fayette Co. tags! I think a few of us must enjoy finding a good buy! Now Kohls is thinking of locating closer as well. So sad for our local economy... a great many PTC residents and I will be filling the parking lot just over the county line. By the time leadership realizes PTC needs a few quality stores (like Kohls) to boost the economy, it will be too late. Yeah, let's throw $150,000 at the Development Authority to duplicate what the county and Chamber of Commerce do - that's a great plan! (Thanks to the 3 that oppose the proposal!) Kohls would have brought revenue and jobs...sad. I am not in favor of a city full of big boxes - whenever possible I shop Omega, Gil Roys and other local stores. But, we do need a few quality, affordable (and, yes, big box)shopping options (like Kohls).

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PTC arrogance is overwhelming...

A few direct quotes from above:

"When it comes to big boxes or even little boxes, residential areas always get the shaft."

No, we don't. Local Sharpsburg residents are very much in favor of this development, and recognize it as a benefit, not a detraction. We were smart enough to build in an area that requires 1 1/2 acre lots (I've got 3.2 acres) with tax bills less than half of PTC. Traffic? Our homes are well off of Fisher and Minix and we won't hear a thing.

"Since you are not putting your store sales tax in our pockets, you cannot call this store your Peachtree City store, you corp. twit."

Rude, just plain rude. Must be a Yankee; no one that grew up in this area (I'm 58 and have lived within 10 miles of PTC since 1959) would ever show such disrespect to a stranger.

"Worst case scenario, we'll have folks driving lost all over PTC junking up our roads looking for Sams Club..."

Idiotic and rude. Do I need a visa to go to the Avenue or the golf course?
You know, there are some Steve Brown supporters out there who probably think that might be a good idea.

Sad, very sad.

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ssidenative that was hilarious!

I've lived in Fayette County for 30 years. We used to have a statement at work when we encountered a rude person; "You must be from Peachtree City.". Ironically I live their now. The rudeness comes from the PTC residents imported from the North where manners seem not to be important. Sams needs to prepare themselves for a bunch of rude customers from PTC, formerly known as Yankees, who will need to be put in their place.

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I knew it! I knew it!

I periodically click to topics here and inevitably...like viewing a grotesque car accident my eyes fall towards the comments. and without fail it goes a lil like this...a valid point(or counterpoint) is made initially to a news item and then like clockwork here comes the
Yankee remarks..are you kidding me? is this not 2011?
Clayton remarks... there are more than a few times bloggers have used Clayton as a substitute for racially charged comments
Liberal\Obama remarks.....You know, contrary to popular belief everything negative in the world wasnt fabricated by the Left Wing Agenda
It should be made into a drinking game.try it out. As soon as you read an ignorant pompous "resident" comment that includes any of the above take a swig of some corn squeezins. And you wonder why states like Georgia are punchlines to jokes.

and believe it or not, Im from the South and quite the conservative

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Might as well jump into this hornets nest

I usually avoid this banal bickering, but what the hey. I think I know why everyone down here stays put for life. Marriage prospects would be greatly diminished of one moves away from their cousins.

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Well put. Just remember you keep this up and you, too, will be a smart@#$.
Please remember to keep our banals out of this, OK?
In Ga., this is top o' the line DEbating, and it doesn't get any more highbrow than this.

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It is interesting, mbest

that you attribute the rudeness solely to northerners in PTC. If I recall correctly, I have not seen the vaunted "southern genteelness" displayed in your blogging style. Rudeness is a human trait brought to us by upbringing and experiences. If a northerner ventures outside of the metro Atlanta area, they for the most part are not treated with "southern genteelness". It is not a product of where you were born, merely about who you are.

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ssidenative-HAHAHA

"Must Be a Yankee". "Idiotic and rude". "Sad, very sad".

Now, now, don't you feel better now? It's amazing how little you have to say. Oh, wait, no it isn't.

To answer your question. No, I don't think you need to go to The Avenue at all, since Sams Club will fill all of your shopping needs. Golf course? Nah, if you have 3.2 acres (wowie! shazaam!) you can stay home and knock your balls into the holes there.

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ptcgoil

Uh....you just proved his point, ptcgoil, with that smarta** reply.

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Tell me, in your infinite wisdom, how do you disprove a locally grown bigot whose only points just show their ignorance? Guess what, you don't even try. You just laugh. HAHAHA

Sams Club, you can have them. The locals will be in pig's heaven. I'll keep the golf courses and The Avenue.

Smart@#$ or dumb@#$? Call me the former any day. Dumb@#$'es will have a special spot just for them right over the county line.

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What a pompous attitude. We bow at your feet, madame!

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I Feel Sorry For the Residents

If this thing is going to be in or close to a residential area, I feel real sorry for those folks. When it comes to big boxes or even little boxes, residential areas always get the shaft

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Huge traffic creator

built in a mainly residential area. I'm not a fan of it.

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Spy what are you talking about? PTC Goil, that was elitist.

It's on a frigging State Highway, not a residential area. PTC Goil, you're perpetuating the image of PTC residents. You have a great sense of humor. I was surprised at how arrogant your comment came across.

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I'm sorry, but did I miss the

I'm sorry, but did I miss the fact that there are already plenty of stores in the Fayette/Coweta area??? I think this SUCKS!

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Sam's Club -Hooray for Coweta County

You can have 'em. You can have the crime, tying up your sheriff's dept. and your courts, you can have the FD headaches (do you even have a FD?), the ambulance calls, the traffic, the big box that will empty out half of PTC WalMart pkg. lot (yahoo!).

We don't need or want it. Watch how fast a new (bypass) road is built going from behind this site (Minix/Fisher rd. to Kedron Dr.) As fast as you can say "undeveloped land" for the WPTC/ECoweta Bypass.

Oh, and Sam's Club Kristy Reed? Since you are not putting your store sales tax in our pockets, you cannot call this store your Peachtree City store, you corp. twit.

Tell me, has your life been better since WalMart opened? Do you just feel the rush of cash PTC is flush with from the sales tax revenue here?

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Corp Twit, ha ha

I hate to break it to you, Goil, but it will be known as the PTC Sams Club. If the NY Jets and NY Giants play their home games in the Meadowlands, NJ- a good distance from the state line, then Sams Club can call that area PTC.

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NY Jet and NY Giants?

It pains me to write those words above, sweetie. See, for those of us transplanted from "up north", you have to make the distinction of NY anything, from the true "northerners" who know how to properly name a team. As in New England Patriots.

And since those of us true northerners who have moved here are sensitive to the feelings of Ga. natives toward New Yorker's, we try not to reference them as examples at all.

Sams Club should be known as the Coweta Sams Club and let's just keep NY out of this for peace sake....bless your heart.

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Okay honey child :)

People will call it what they call it. With the amount of continuous strip mall development that will be a solid wall from the west village to fisher's crossing, it will all look the same. Line Creek will not even be noticed. It will be like Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, Kansas--it all looks the same--just Kansas City. ks it will be the way it will be. I am not saying that I am pleased about it, only that it will be known as PTC by the locals in the multi-county area.

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So If Sams Is to Be Known as PTC Sams

then what does that make the Walgreens and CVS going in on the opposite side next to the movie theater?

Can we have TWO PTC Walgreens and TWO PTC CVS's? Guess so, using this warped logic, as we already have THREE PTC Rite Aids.

Worst case scenario, we'll have folks driving lost all over PTC junking up our roads looking for Sams Club. Best case scenario, we'll have folks driving lost all over PTC who will decide to just stay awhile and shop here, too.

And have lunch or dinner. And get gas. (Not from lunch or dinner, of course)

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Welcome South Brother...

Glad to have y'all. :)

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Peachtree City Store but Coweta Gets theTaxes

Along with Coweta County residents, the store will likely draw plenty of business from Peachtree City and Fayette County, but the sales tax revenue generated there will remain in Coweta. Somebody messed up that one.

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Sam's Club

There aren't many choices of good land available with the kind of traffic counts Sam's was looking for besides the spot they chose. It's fantastic for Coweta and and for Fayette shoppers, but I don't think this was a case of Fayette or PTC screwing up as much as Coweta happened to have the land and location Sam's was looking for.

Unless the theater that goes in is grossly mismanaged, it will do very well too, and probably FINALLY turn the old Newnan Carmike 10 into the dollar theater it should be. For whatever unknown reason, the new Regal 14 that went in at the bypass did a deal with Carmike on splitting which movies each would carry, a stupid business decision if there ever was one, especially considering how many of the most popular movies the Regal can't show that the old Carmike can.

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Sam's Club

Yep, grassroots...your comments are spot on. Fact is, good times, bad times, people are gonna shop. So here is the classic example of what happens....all the traffic on Hwy 54 heading west outta PTC/Fayette County to Coweta County to shop at Sam's Club and the other stores at the Fisher Road Shopping complex. We get the traffic...Coweta gets the sales tax revenue. I went to Ashley Park in Newnan the other day...half of the cars had Fayette tags. Go figure.

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That's what happens when

you make businesses feel un-welcomed.. You guys need to boycott Sams now..