City Council unanimously approved a request to rezone the former Lewis Livestock Auction Co. site from industrial to the most heavy-use commercial in preparation for a proposed Sam’s Club and shopping center development.

The council approved for the property at the southeast corner of the intersection of I-40/Amity Road and East Dave Ward Drive to be rezoned from I-3, intensive industrial, to C-3, intensive commercial.

A 441,871-SF shopping center consisting of shop space and outparcels known as Lewis Crossing Shopping Center has been proposed for the site.

Sam’s Club has been identified as one of the major tenants with a 135,580-SF building on a tract of 14.63 acres.

Mark Scott, public relations manager for Sam’s Club said the company is pleased with the results of Tuesday night’s vote by the city council and their support of a Sam’s Club in Conway.

"We believe the convenience and everyday low prices that we will offer will be well received in the community," Scott said. "We look forward to working with the city of Conway to finalize our design and plans."

Scott says the new Sam’s Club will add approximately 175 new jobs for Faulkner County ranging from management positions to part time opportunities for college students.

Early site plans have shown a 62,000-SF Academy Sports, 25,000-SF Ross Dress For Less, 10,000-SF ULTA Beauty store, 23,400-SF Bed Bath & Beyond, 7,000-SF Versona Accessories and 12,500-SF Petco will accompany Sam’s Club as part of Lewis Crossing Shopping Center.

Rush-Hal Development and Mary Lewis Trust initially requested the rezoning at a Planning Commission meeting on April 21.

Faulkner County assessor records show the property is divided into four parcels, three of which are owned by members of the Lewis family or the Mary Lewis Trust and one owned by Conway developer Rush-Hal Development.

The Planning Commission unanimously voted on a motion to forward the request to City Council with a recommendation for approval made by Lee Washington and seconded by Jon Arms.

Attorney Stephen Giles was present representing the property owners on the request.

There were no other speakers either for or against the rezoning request at the April 21 meeting, nor at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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