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Holly Springs Sees Boom in Business

Posted November 14, 2007

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— For years, people in Holly Springs have complained about having to go out of town to get what they need. But it's a new day.

The town has seen a boom in commercial business, and it all started with a Wal-Mart.

Two hours after opening, the new Wal-Mart had its fan base. Customers couldn't wait to get in, and town leaders couldn't wait to cash in.

“Already, we’ve had people coming that weren’t interested maybe in Holly Springs before, but now they are because we have a Wal-Mart,” said Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears.

The area near the N.C. Highway 55 Bypass has quickly become the new commercial center for Holly Springs.

“N.C. 55 and Main Street are kind of connecting in that south end of the town, and there was also a lot of land available in large parcels,” said Irena Krstanovic, who works on economic development for the town. “I think that’s why it’s happening in that southwest corridor of the town.”

There are three shopping centers going up with dozens of new stores, condos and townhouses. All together, it's more than 450,000 square feet of retail space and more than 40 acres of residential development.

Many residents said it's coming right on time and that they're sick of going everywhere else to get what they couldn't right in town.

“Before, I had to go all the way down to Fuquay. [It’s] kind of a hassle with two kids,” said shopper Bridget Brooks.

Overcrowding is perhaps the one fear about the growth. But city leaders said they can handle it, and they're not slowing down. Town leaders said they expect most of the development in the area around the 55 bypass to be complete by the end of next year.

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  • melmika Nov 15, 2007

    They already broke ground on a new Wal Mart in Fuquay. By HWY 401 and HWY 55.

    What Holly Springs and Fuquay could use is a Movie Theater.

  • JimP Nov 15, 2007

    I don't know who's responsible for the road either - I DO know the other roads around it (New Hill-Holleman and the road to the boat ramp) have been paved recently. It's frustrating because more and more people are going that way to avoid the mess by the schools and I'm sure WalMart won't help the traffic situation any in that area. Holly Springs is following the rest of the Triangle - build, build, build and then attempt to fix the roads.

  • applejuice Nov 15, 2007

    any bets on when the old walmart in fuquay will turn into a Sams Club or a BJ's? It just doesnt make sense to have 2 of them so close together? Plus, most people i know avoid the old one at all costs.

  • Nancy Nov 15, 2007

    "Maybe now they can pave Avent Ferry past Holly Glen - that road is a patched, pothole mess. They managed to pave the dirt road at the end of Avent Ferry that goes to the fishing ramp at Harris Lake, but they can't fix Avent Ferry."

    jimp - is that a state road out there? I agree, it's the pits, absolutely a strut killer at any speed. I don't know who has responsibility for that stretch of road, but there are a lot of big construction trucks making it worse with development out there, plus tree harvesting and their 18 wheelers...

  • Nancy Nov 15, 2007

    kimisufu - true! In fact, I'm between the two of these WalMarts, and believe me, I look forward to using the new WalMart now, went yesterday and it's almost twice the square footage, clean, wide aisles for carts and so far a great staff!

  • kimisufu Nov 15, 2007

    I'm very excited about the new shopping that will be available in Holly Springs thanks to the Walmart coming to town. Bring on the restaurants! Wendy's has had better days.

    I did have to LOL at the person in the article who has to "drive all the way to Fuquay!" It's 5 minutes away!

  • gopanthers Nov 14, 2007

    Well when is it going to be Youngsville turn? We just got a new Food Lion, first Grocery Story. Well Whoopie Te Do a Food Lion. Oh yea can't forget the Subway and ABC Store. But we have plenty of Sub-Divsions going up. LOL

  • applejuice Nov 14, 2007

    yeah - its so great to have a new walmart 5 minutes from the spanish speaking walmart... i'd rather have a Target there.

  • JimP Nov 14, 2007

    Maybe now they can pave Avent Ferry past Holly Glen - that road is a patched, pothole mess. They managed to pave the dirt road at the end of Avent Ferry that goes to the fishing ramp at Harris Lake, but they can't fix Avent Ferry.

  • Mr William Nov 14, 2007

    I think they will eventually need a Denny's Restaurant near the Wal-Mart; the building colors are probably too bright to be in Cary.
    Apex will soon have an new IHOP to relieve our crowded Briggs and Courtneys in beige Cary.