Walmart expansion plans on James Island nixed (update: path of least resistance)

The slightly less than beloved James Island Walmart hopes to add a grocery store and more square footage.

Update February 16, an easier path:

The Charleston City Paper has a report about Walmart successfully petitioning the city to skirt review from the public design board and being able to instead navigate through city staff — a controversial move; read the paper's report here.

Update February 3: The Walmart powers that be are moving ahead with a new plan that would add 17,000 square feet of space near the garden center at the Folly Road store.

No word on what exactly will go into the expansion, but it is most likely a grocery store. The Charleston Commercial Corridor Design Review Board is set to take up the proposal next week.x

The Post and Courier has the brief.

First reporting, November 21: Walmart recently went before the City of Charleston for approval of plans to slightly grow their Folly Road store on James Island, but despite having plans far less ambitious than several years back the mega-merchant was still rebuffed for presenting too generic of a store facade.

The Charleston City Paper's Greg Hambrick has a short report from the meeting on the situation; take a read here.

You can check out the renderings and schematics of the proposal over here.