How Did Sam’s Club Influence Retail Development Along Woodbury Drive?

The wholesaler, which celebrated its 10th anniversary Thursday, made the area more attractive to other retailers, city official says.

The Woodbury Sam’s Club in the city on Thursday.

But its inception meant more than just a place to get groceries in bulk.

“It definitely provided an anchor for the area,” said Eric Searles, associate planner with Woodbury, whose work with the city coincided with the opening a decade ago.

The opening of Sam’s Club was about the same time the CityWalk development began to come online, Searles said, when the current area near was an outlet mall.

The wholesaler’s opening made the business climate in the area more attractive for additional retailers—most notably the Commerce Hill parcel, which saw a new .

“Sam’s Club certainly increased the amount of traffic for that area,” Searles said. “Commerce Hill was made more attractive because of Sam’s.”

Construction on new retail buildings at Commerce Hill (at Woodbury and Commerce drives) is expected to begin this fall or next spring, he said.

Yet it wasn’t Sam’s Club alone that led to the development of that area of Woodbury, Searles said.

Easy access from Interstate 94 has also helped spur development in that area, he said.


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Lisa Yantachka August 03, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Why is the other side of the plaza with Sam's club empty then? When the sporting goods store closed, Target builds a new building? Why not use the existing space? And Sam's certainly hasn't done anything for the parking lot, it's probably one of the worst maintained asphalt parking lots I've seen anywhere. You can't even drive on it in the winter because it's ice ruts and rarely is plowed in time.
Kris Janisch August 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I actually asked Searles about the old Sportsman's Warehouse, and he said the property is in some sort of transition. Didn't ask specifically about Target utilizing an existing building. We did have that as our last What Should Go Here? Got about 21 comments on it. http://patch.com/A-tFV6
Woody August 04, 2012 at 05:21 AM
This is a good location for a Sam's Club, and I am no fan of the Walmart monopolies. I have no idea why the Chili's is still in business, but the other nearby strip mall has benefitted. With CityWalk, this area is certainly better than the Dave's Barbeque on Valley Creek and Radio.
Kris Janisch August 04, 2012 at 12:51 PM
I heard the city years ago was considering a traditional downtown for the Radio Drive-Valley Creek Road area but it never materialized. Any recollections of that?


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