Saturday, April 20, 2024

Sam’s Club at the Marquis Shopping Center? Well…

The Sam's Club was approved for this plot of land in the Marquis Shopping Center. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)
The Sam’s Club was approved for this plot of land in the Marquis Shopping Center. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

The long-awaited Sam’s Club slated for York County may no longer be in the works.

The special use permit approved in 2013 to build a Sam’s Club in the Marquis Shopping Center expired last November, Deputy Planning Director Tim Cross said.

If Sam’s Club wants to build a store in the Marquis, it will need to reapply for a special use permit and start the approval process over, Cross said.

The York County Board of Supervisors originally approved plans to build the 136,500 square-foot Sam’s Club and a gas station.

Generally, developments with special use permits must be established within two years of the permit’s approval, Cross said. Developers can request an extension — which Sam’s Club did in 2015, extending the timeline another three years.

Cross said Sam’s Club did not request another extension, which needed to happen by November, Cross said. The permit expired less than a year after Sam’s Club announced 63 stores nationwide would close.

While Sam’s Club may never come to fruition, Cross confirmed Sam’s Club still owns the land at the Marquis Shopping Center.

Its parent company, Walmart, did not return a request for comment on the project.

For those looking to get to a Sam’s Club, there is one on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, which was not affected by the store closures in 2018.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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