The Mooresville Sam’s Club will open several months later than originally planned, missing the prime holiday shopping season.Sam’s Club announced in March that it planned to open its new store in Mooresville by year’s end. But construction delays pushed the grand opening to early 2014, Sam’s Club spokesman Mark Scott told the Observer in a reply email on Oct. 1.“We will have our Grand Opening ceremony on Thursday, January 23, 2014, and our construction teams assure us we won’t have any problems achieving that date,” Scott said.Construction began early this year on the 136,000-square-foot store on Ervin Road, off N.C. 150 west of Exit 36 on Interstate 77. The store will employ 175 workers, the company announced in March.The store will include a fuel station exclusively for Sam’s Club members; a pharmacy, photo center, hearing aid center and optical services. The store also will include a large selection of North Carolina-made products, and an expansive wine department. The store will be the first at 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 has said. LED lighting throughout the store, including in the cooler and freezer box doors and jewelry counter, will operate 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting, he added.Sam’s Club and its parent company, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., employ more than 52,000 associates in North Carolina. Offer input on Main and Maxwell Park planHuntersville has scheduled two meetings for residents to offer their thoughts on redeveloping the town’s Main and Maxwell Park property downtown.The first meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12 beneath the shelter beside the red caboose at Main and Maxwell Park, 103 Main St. Drop in any time during those hours to give your input.The second meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.The project involves redeveloping the park property with money from the 2012 Huntersville park bonds and potentially from a state parks and recreation trust fund grant, Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department officials said.Amenities for the park could include a multipurpose building, spray-ground, bandstand and restrooms, officials said. Details: 704-766-2228.
Saturday, Oct. 05, 2013
Sam’s Club opening delayed
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