Sam's Club will soon begin construction of its second Quad-City store. It will be located on John Deere Road, between 60th and 70th streets, in Moline.
Ray Forsythe, Moline planning and development director, said Sam's Club has filed for a building permit after the plan commission gave its final approval.
"This is great for the city," Forsythe said. "Obviously, with Sam's Club on the Iowa side of the river, people from Illinois travel to Iowa and likely stay over there to shop more. This will keep them on the Illinois side and hopefully attract more shoppers."
Forsythe said construction is expected to begin soon and take 10-12 months.
The discount, members-only retailer, operated by Walmart Inc., has a store at 3887 Elmore Ave., Davenport.
Shawn Christ, land development manager for the city of Moline, has said the 136,000-square-foot store would be located on acreage that had been owned by Menards, east of the Menards store at 6400 44th Ave.
Christ said in approving the retailer's plans, the commission and Sam's Club was able to iron out two issues that been debated for some time. One involved a gasoline station the retailer will build. He said Sam's Club wanted to place it closer to Menards along John Deere Road. He said the city was suggesting it be built closer to the proposed store. But the commission eventually approved the plan to build along John Deere Road.
Christ said the second concern involved the possibility of road construction needed for access to the new store and other future development. Sam's Club contended that 44th Avenue, which runs east and west through the development, would be adequate. In the end, the commission agreed.
"This will drive new stores to the area just because of land available and they like to co-locate by Sam's Club," said Forsythe of future retailers. "We have had retail, restaurants, others have had a lot of interest in the property. We had an engineering, architectural firm (representing) a national restaurant contact us looking for a location on John Deere Road, and this is one of the sites they had picked.
"I think we will start to see some activity with Sam's Club being official. There is lots of room for additional commercial development."