Sam’s Club announced Monday that it will open its new store in Mooresville by year’s end.
Construction began recently on the 136,000-square-foot store on Ervin Road, off N.C. 150 west of Interstate 77 Exit 36. The store will employ 175 workers, a company official said Monday.
Sam’s Club also plans to open a store in Rock Hill later this year, said Mark Scott, Sam’s Club public relations manager.
The Mooresville store will include a fuel station exclusively for Sam’s Club members; a pharmacy, photo center, hearing aid center and optical services, Scott said.
It is expected to open in time for the holidays. Scott said. The store also will include a large selection of North Carolina-made products, and an expansive wine and liquor department, he said.
The store will be the 23rd in North Carolina, including five in the Charlotte area. It will be the first in Lake Norman.
The Mooresville store is being built with environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient fixtures. For instance, daylight-harvesting skylights will reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily, Scott said. LED lighting throughout the club, including in the cooler and freezer box doors and jewelry counter, will operate 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting, he added.
A Charlotte developer, meanwhile, has started construction of a 260-unit apartment complex across from the planned Sam’s Club, and major road improvements to the intersection are expected to begin this spring, town and state officials said.
The first units in the Piedmont Pointe Apartments could open in the fall, developer John Porter of Charter Properties said. The site also includes 20,000 square feet that could accommodate a small retail center. Porter, however, said he has no specific plans for the extra land and will probably wait for Sam’s Club to open before determining what to put on the parcel.
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