Is Walmart Coming To The Former Champion Golf Course In Cantonment?

November 17, 2017

There have been plenty of rumors and posts on social media this week claiming that a Walmart store will be constructed on the former golf course next to International Paper in Cantonment.

But don’t put on your shopping shoes just yet. Here’s what International Paper Communications Manager Whitney Fike told Thursday afternoon:

“International Paper will be seeking a suitable operator to use the property as a golf course. The company will have for lease signs on the property in the coming weeks.”

The 9-hole Champion Golf Couse at the corner of Highway 29 and Muscogee Road was leased by IP to an independent operator who ended his lease back in August. Fike said at that time IP intends to find another operator to open the golf course.

If you are interested in operating your very own golf course, you can call International Paper commercial properties at (901) 419-7505. file photos.


35 Responses to “Is Walmart Coming To The Former Champion Golf Course In Cantonment?”

  1. Menopausal. N appinenated on May 17th, 2018 6:56 pm

    I live in north cantonment. N hate driving in to nine mile rd. Where tons of growing n construction. Is going on to get my monthly needs filled. I actually hate shopping walmart. But my RX. N phone card I must buy there. And also. If wally world heads this way. Others follow as eats n extras. Which can be good n crowding starts. You learn to adjust n then DIE! Lol sorry I getting older n know its inevitable. Dont fight it unless its toxic. Truthfully. If I had the $ I would buy golf course n put DRIVE-IN -MOVIES. ! N some small shops like ice cream. Movies n videos. N coffee shop n trinkets 4 all ages like dollar tree type but fun stuff!! Lol.

  2. Floyd on November 22nd, 2017 8:44 pm

    I would recommend a Sears store on the golf course site. I enjoyed them so much when I was little. They could have a snack bar.

  3. Sunny on November 20th, 2017 6:34 pm

    No I can’t imagine looking at clay roads for a motocross track. I agree this area needs a motocross track but further North will be suitable for that.

    No stores constructed at this site PERIOD. The land is too beautiful to destroy for stores and parking lots. Keeping my fingers crossed that this golf course will remain a golf course. They need a business minded person to take over and run it as a golf course. Leave the grass and trees please.

    There are so many golf courses not staying in business these days. I’m afraid that you won’t find many takers for this course.

    If the course is not leased or sold to a prospective buyer wanting to own a golf course, I hope IP will just mow and trim and keep it beautiful.

  4. Sunny on November 20th, 2017 6:31 pm

    No stores constructed at this site PERIOD. The land is too beautiful to destroy for stores and parking lots. Keeping my fingers crossed that this golf course will remain a golf course. They need a business minded person to take over and run it as a golf course. Leave the grass and trees please.

    There are so many golf courses not staying in business these days. I’m afraid that you won’t find many takers for this course.

    If the course is not leased or sold to a prospective buyer wanting to own a golf course, I hope IP will just mow and trim and keep it beautiful.

  5. MX on November 20th, 2017 3:19 pm

    Picture this: Cantonment Motocross Track

  6. Lady on November 20th, 2017 5:24 am

    All you people in Walnut Hill, Bratt, Oak Grove must know we have a grocery store where you do not have to pay taxes in Alabama and that is Piggly Wiggly at Davisville. Their specials cannot be beat and compare prices. They are not far off. Drive on to WallMart if you must but their prices there are high and then tax on top of that. I hate Wall Marts. They are trying to take over the world!

  7. Sidney on November 18th, 2017 8:03 pm

    There is a Winn-Dixie a little south of IP. One does not have to come all the way to W/M on 29.

  8. Tabby on November 18th, 2017 7:45 pm

    Bring it on. We’ve recently made the decision to sell the property that my grandfather built on and that family has lived on since the 1940’s. Bring back the days when Harlen Johnson’s Supermarket ran the corner in Molino, I’d stay. Besides, we have the Yankee’s, yuppies, and transplants running things and taking over anyway. Mr.Holder closing the bait store did it for me. No telling what’ll come. With the Beulah Beltway coming, it’ll turn into Beulah with over ten neighborhoods currently building homes in. Walnut Hill or Jay it’ll be. It’ll be like bringing Ensley to Molino. No thanks.

  9. I Think on November 18th, 2017 7:08 pm

    Also the bypass will be a good thinges in the long run. It’s sad some will lose their property but the bypass makes sense for escambia county. I say NO to Walmart at the golf course land!

  10. I Think on November 18th, 2017 7:05 pm

    The way I understand it is that the golf course must stay a golf course. It was a deal with the employee’s of the paper mill years ago… yes I believe the land could be used for something else that would bring some more jobs to Cantonment but it mostlikey

  11. LJ on November 18th, 2017 6:43 pm

    If a Wal-Mart grocery store and a Hardee’s were built in Cantonment, I would never have to leave Cantonment!
    I use the WM grocery store on Nine Mile Rd. Traffic is horrible….well traffic is horrible everywhere, especially on 9 Mile Road and on Hwy 29. I’d really settle for a Hardee’s up here though. Or how about a movie complex?

  12. Kathy Touchstone on November 18th, 2017 12:55 pm

    Please NO WALMART….let the trees grow back.

  13. Barth Lady on November 18th, 2017 10:30 am

    YES, we do need a WALMART, up here on the North end of Escambia county, very badly! Let’s do it!

  14. David Huie Green on November 18th, 2017 8:43 am

    “Anything but a Walmart – most people HATE Walmart but are forced to shop there out of necessity.”

    There are many things worse than a Walmart — not that I’m expecting one there.

    Most people don’t hate Walmart, although many love to say they do.

    Nobody is forced to shop there. If they do, it is a free choice, probably based on price and availability. There are many alternatives which may eventually replace it, but none right now.

    David for Saving Money., Living Better
    (or not — your choice)

  15. Mark on November 17th, 2017 11:18 pm

    I would rather see the county put soccer fields there.

  16. northend resident on November 17th, 2017 6:52 pm

    NEED one on the north end on the Florida side!

  17. Alumni on November 17th, 2017 6:21 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better, the University of Florida is like a Publix and the University of Alabama is just like Walmart. There is absolutely no chance that a Publix would take up business across the street form a paper mill, but Walmart would be a good fit.

  18. Joann on November 17th, 2017 4:20 pm

    #1 I’d rather leave it as a golf course or #2 how about a park with a walking trail? playground for the kids? Anything but a Walmart – most people HATE Walmart but are forced to shop there out of necessity. Keep Cantonment local! And if you live in Atmore and want a Walmart, get your own just on the Florida side of Atmore Highway and leave Cantonment and Molino out of it. We’re already dealing with the stupid Beulah Beltway as a result of Pen Air and that’s 12 miles away from us. Now, all traffic coming from Alabama is being diverted through Molino and Barrineau Park or Cantonment, it’s already a nightmare at Barrineau Park and 29 – just a matter of time before a death related accident happens at that intersection.

  19. lone chief on November 17th, 2017 3:14 pm

    We have too many Walmarts in the area already. Much better choices out there for other stores to provide to our community. Walmart is like a cancer, spreading and malignant killing off all the good local and “mom and pop” stores.

  20. Howie on November 17th, 2017 2:53 pm

    No Walmart, Publix or major store chain and please no more convenience stores should be constructed at this congested site. And if any are to be decided upon, the entrance to any constructed building needs to be on Muscogee Road AND Morris Avenue and NOT Hwy 29. Traffic on Hwy 29 is already a nightmare from He!! as Alex stated. Some of those property owners North of Morris Avenue @ Porky’s Pizza need to come off their pocket books and sell some land. It will allow more stores to be built for those living North of Cantonment. That’s why I wouldn’t live in Bratt, McDavid, Walnut Hill or Davisville. By the time you buy your groceries, half of it is in the spoiling stage when you get home. And look how far you have to travel at today’s gas prices. Provide places for those folks North of here. They deserve it for being hard working farmers and etc.

  21. just sayin on November 17th, 2017 2:03 pm

    All of these people complaining about how far you have to drive to get to a grocery store. That’s the whole purpose of living so far out is to get away from all of this stuff. Careful what you wish for our you wont be living in the “country” much longer.

  22. Jeannie on November 17th, 2017 1:03 pm

    I’d live to see a Neighborhood Wal-Mart here in Molino. Grocery Advantage has gotten expensive & quality of meats are horrible. Dollar General is all we have which does not sell real foods we need for our families.

  23. EMD on November 17th, 2017 12:13 pm

    That WOULD be a nightmare at that corner. How’s about a Walmart somewhere between Century and Cantonment. How’s about at the corner of Hwy. 97, and Tungoil RD?

  24. Pencil on November 17th, 2017 12:12 pm

    Grocery Advantage is inexpensive, close and already providing that service tot he area. All Walmart will do is lower prices until the small stores can’t compete and go out of business and then raise them when the competition is eliminated.

    Imagine the traffic when one of those trains closes off Hwy 29 for 30 minutes and the only outlet is heading down Muscogee Rd. in front of Walmart! No thank you!

  25. Willis on November 17th, 2017 11:50 am

    Publix is like the Florida Gators football team , John
    no explanation needed.

  26. John on November 17th, 2017 11:20 am

    If anything keep Walmart away,, Publix yes,,

  27. No Excuses on November 17th, 2017 8:58 am

    While the idea of better shopping closer to home is nice, think of the absolute nightmare a Wal-Mart at that location would create traffic-wise! It’s bad enough now.

  28. EP on November 17th, 2017 8:57 am

    we live in Bratt and that would be nice to have a Walmart a little bit closer than Ensley, Atmore and Bayminette Walmarts are close but you have to be ripped off by paying taxes on food which if you are spending $500 dollars your talking about 50 bucks in taxes giving the state of Alabama, no thanks, bring all the Florida side Walmarts you want to me I would appreciate it

  29. DM from Molino on November 17th, 2017 8:47 am

    The intersection there is already quite congested. A Walmart definitely wouldn’t help this.

  30. Jessica on November 17th, 2017 8:46 am

    Grocery advantage is a grocery store and frankly they are feeding my family because money is tight. I would hate for a Walmart to show up and kill their business. No thank you, Walmart blows anyway.

  31. ThePreachersWife on November 17th, 2017 8:41 am

    We live in FL right outside of Atmore. I would LOVE to see one in Molino. We pay $.10 on every dollar for Alabama tax on food. We’d sure rather shop in FL, but Cantonment is pretty far.

  32. Sam on November 17th, 2017 8:37 am

    Noooooooo. The traffic is ready getting worse.

  33. A Alex on November 17th, 2017 8:22 am

    Lets not turn turn this nightmarish intersection during rush hours into he#!. More trucks on top of logging trucks will surely be a hazard to everyday commutes. Please put this Walmart further north of Neal Road. Hiway 196 & 29 be excelaant on the NE side.

  34. FredS on November 17th, 2017 7:45 am

    Thanks but no thanks. Ensley is close enough for Wal-Mart.

  35. ps on November 17th, 2017 7:18 am

    we need one close to Molino- all we have is a dollar general and no grocery store

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