from April Garner Update
Springtime in Garner this year means the blossoming of new development all around town.
A number of significant commercial and residential projects are either under way or are getting ready to begin pretty soon. Perhaps the most notable and visible project is the new construction on the northeast quadrant at the intersection of U.S. 70 and White Oak/Jones Sausage Road, directly across from White Oak Crossing shopping center. The big draw at that location will be North Carolina’s first Cabela’s, a megastore that sells outdoor, camping and hunting gear. Construction on the store is expected to begin in June, with a completion date about a year after that. The 100,000-square-foot store is projected to employ 225 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers, according to a news release issued by the Nebraska- based company.
The northeast quadrant will also eventually include a seven-story, 180-room Drury Inn and a couple of national restaurants. Details on the hotel and restaurants have yet to be released, but announcements on the restaurants could come soon, according to the developer, Core Properties.
There’s also a major project under way in the existing White Oak Crossing shopping center. The parcel behind the TGIF restaurant will be home to a Burlington Coat Factory, anew Staples and a Dollar Tree. That construction is projected to be completed later this summer if the weather cooperates.
Several other commercial projects either are under way or have been approved. On U.S. 401 in front of Walmart, a Murphy Oil and Mattress Firm are being built. Meanwhile, a new Walgreen’s will be constructed on U.S. 70 West across from Garner Towne Square shopping center.
Then there’s the highly anticipated Aldi grocery store approved for the site behind the CVS at Timber Drive and Aversboro Road. That’s expected to open this fall. The site is currently being cleared, and construction should begin soon.
On the residential side, two big apartment projects are well under way. The Timber Spring senior living apartments at Timber Drive and N.C. 50 will have 48 units and should be completed by December, with pre-leasing starting in September. And on Timber Drive East, good progress is being made on the 336-unit Adeline at White Oak
Other development includes Wake PMC, a stair manufacturer, which will locate at 201 Hein Drive in White Oak Business Park, and the AgriSupply/Direct Distributors project next to East Garner Magnet Middle School, which is coming along quite nicely. All told, there are plenty of signs that Garner is on the move.