NORTH AUGUSTA — North Augusta will be adding a second Walmart to the city with a completion date set for next fall.

The new location will be on Highway 25, right off exit 5.

Confirmation of the project was announced on Wednesday during the North Augusta AM Connection meeting at the North Augusta Community Center. The announcement was part of a slide show displaying the city's growth to U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.

“They're working very quickly to get things underway,” said City Administrator Todd Glover. “We may even get some dirt moving by the end of the year. I would say we're looking at about a year of construction.”

The new Walmart will be a 160,000-square-foot store, complete with an auto center and fuel center. The shopping center project will also include 34,000 square feet of retail space with restaurants such as Firehouse Subs, a Mexican restaurant, and a Japanese/sushi restaurant.

In addition to Walmart, North Augusta will also be making several other changes. A second Zaxby's location will also be added off exit 5.

According to Glover, Bojangles is in the early stages of moving from its gas station location on Edgefield Road to the building left behind by Huddle House on the same road. Waffle House will also be moving to the other side of Exit 5 behind McDonald's on Georgia Avenue.

While there are no set timetables for these projects, Glover is excited about the anticipated growth.

“The point I'm making is that these are all new developments in North Augusta. We're not closing down other businesses to make room,” Glover added. “Also, we're taking existing, unused buildings and putting thriving businesses in them. So I think these are very positive signs for our city.”

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.