Sam’s Club could come to Harlingen, likely near Bass Pro Shops

Harlingen stands to get a Sam’s Club at Cameron Crossing, Myleadernews has learned.
That is if negotiations can be worked out.
The proposed site is property located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops, which would make it the first business to build there since the outdoor store was constructed.
The company, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, reportedly is working with the Harlingen City Commission and the Economic Development Corporation behind closed doors, in an effort to make a solid deal.
One problem is the price of land resulting from the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. It has gone up from about $4 a square foot before BPS and now is about $28 a square foot.
Bass Pro Shops is the anchor store at Cameron Crossing, a 110-acre retail development.
The city and EDC are banking on several other retail stores will locate there.

12 comments for “Sam’s Club could come to Harlingen, likely near Bass Pro Shops

  1. Gloria S.
    December 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    That would be really convenient. I shop at Sam’s in Brownsville, but this would be so much better. Also, if they build there, I think others will follow and that is what we all hope for.

  2. Notmystery shopper.
    December 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I hope this is right, although I am not a Sam’s Club person. But it could start a movement by other retailers that would really make that a top retauk area.

  3. Robert Serna
    December 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Nice. Too bad it’s Sam’s Club instead of Costco, but this is great news anyway as Bass Pro and Sam’s Club will serve as magnets for other development in the immediate area.

    I’ve been wondering about Sam’s Club locating in Harlingen for a few months now, as it is mentioned on this real estate flier for Harlingen Corners across the highway from Bass Pro (what’s also interesting about this flier is that it shows a proposed Chuck E. Cheese for Harlingen Corners. I did some digging around and found that Chuck E. Cheese is hiring management positions for a Harlingen location) :

    • erlkonig
      December 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Agree. I would of hoped for a Costco. They pay their employees better but hey Sam’s is good because it wasn’t here before and it too is an anchor.

  4. District 1 Constituent
    December 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Its typical in the City of Harlingen that the owner of the property, whoever that might be? Is wanting $28.00 a square foot now with BP on it? Maybe that owner knows that BP might not be around too long and make a killing selling the land before it has vacant buildings? Don’t get me wrong. I would love to have a Sam’s here but is Sam’s willing to come to Harlingen? What about the city donating some land so Sam’s could build on it and STAY! Hell, we gave away millions to build BP and that stupid building downtown? Why not donate some land where Sam’s can be accessible and get the business? We got to start catching up with our sister cities, like or not? Forget that BS mentality of being a “snow bird” location. If they want to be here, they will be here? To the city commission and EDC, get off your butt and get this done. The hell with the owner from BP and look for a better piece of land so Sam’s and others can get here.

    • David Argabright
      December 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      1. OBVIOUSLY Bass Pro increased the value of the land. Location. Location. Location. If the market will bear the higher price, they’d be morons to accept less.

      2. You only have to provide the incentive to the big magnet retailer. Apparently Sam’s Club (as well as the other stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.) see benefit from the traffic BP draws and will pay for the privelege. Incentives shouldn’t be necessary unless we are trying to draw another major, exclusive magnet business. Sam’s is great, but it won’t draw people from the entire valley and N. Mexico like Bass Pro does.

      • District 1 Constituent
        December 30, 2011 at 8:15 am

        You have a point David, and I may not be the savy businessman or have insider connections like a selective few. But, I would think that it would have been more lucrative for Harlingen via EDC to purchase the land where BP was built with taxpayer money and then use that as a negotiating tool in making sure that Sam’s Club or other businesses came to Harlingen? Didn’t our board members think about this or our Mayor when this big dream of financing BP growth? Our Mayor with his pro growth mentality sure is selective about what is considered pro growth when it comes to certain individuals and not the mom and pop shops?

  5. mysteryshopper1
    December 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Chuck E. Cheese news was first posted here on myleadernews about 4 months ago, and possibly another drugstore will locate around the hospital area. More retailers are knocking on the door. Sam’s , many years ago, was going to locate behind Walmart. Loop 499 may see another grocery store in the future. Jerry has it here first, the hell with VMS and Valley Central. Never be rude to me, it will cost you info.

  6. Marlene McCoy
    December 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Sounds to me like the owners of Cameron Crossing are pricing themselves out of the market. Greed is a big problem in promoting business in Harlingen. WalMart/Sam’s Club Owners did not get to where they are by falling victim to greedy overzealous property owners. Yes, I agree the property is worth more because of Bass Pro but there are a lot of other locations that could accomadate a Sam’s. Does anyone know how Harlingen Corners prices compare? It would still be close to BP. Most shoppers at Sam’s are not going to be in the market for a boat etc. The asking price for Cameron Crossing property will discourage other prospective tenants but may benefit Harlingen Corners if they aren’t unreasonable.

    • Robert Serna
      December 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Right, because as we all know, Sam’s Club is a non-profit organization and doesn’t have money to shell out. /sarcasm.

    • Born on F Street
      December 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      That would be a business decision that they have the right to make. With a few exceptions, buyers generally set prices.

  7. Robert
    February 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Thank God it’s not Costco!! At first was very excited about getting our first Costco, nevermind that, ghost town, from no one shopping to no one to help you.

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