Slowly, plans for a Sam’s Club in Moline are coming together.
The discount retailer wants to build on John Deere Road in Moline, giving it a second store in the Quad-City market. The members-only retailer operated by Walmart also has a store at 3887 Elmore Ave., Davenport.
Shawn Christ, land development manager for the city of Moline, said the plan commission has approved a portion of what Sam’s Club representatives are requesting for the site.
He said the proposed 136,000-square-foot store would be located on acreage owned by Menards, south of 44th Avenue and east of the Menards store at 6400 44th Ave. He said Menards bought 92 acres and about 70 acres remain in the area called Valley View Village. He said the proposed Sam’s Club would be built on about 15 of those acres.
There have been two main issues in discussions between city and Sam’s Club, he said. One involves a gasoline station the retailer wants to build. He said the company wants to place it closer to Menards along John Deere Road. Christ said the city was suggesting the gas station be constructed closer to the proposed Sam’s Club.
“They are still proposing the fuel station on a lot next to John Deere Road,” he said. “The plan commission made that recommendation. They are recommending we allow the gas station where they propose.”
Christ said the commission still had concerns about the location of the gas station, but did approve the request. That approval will go before the city council on Tuesday.
Representatives of Sam’s Club could not be reached for comment.
The other concern is over what roads would need to be constructed for access not only to the proposed store, but future development in the area.
Christ said Sam’s Club believes 44th Avenue, which runs east and west through the development, would be adequate when the store and other development are constructed in the area.
“The city says that is not adequate,” he said. “It is a difference of opinion between the traffic consultant they hired and the consultant the city hired.”
He said Sam’s Club still must submit an overall plan for the entire site.