$7M sale of former Sam’s Club clears path for new T-Mobile call center

T-Mobile is planning to plant a call center in a former Sam’s Club in Eastern Henrico. (BizSense file photo)

Plans for a sizable new T-Mobile call center in Eastern Henrico appear to be progressing thanks to the seven-figure sale of a vacant big box at White Oak Village.

The former Sam’s Club at 4571 S. Laburnum Ave. that’s in line to be filled by the mobile phone giant sold last week for $7 million.

Plans for the property were filed in January to convert the 131,000-square-foot space into a call center.

The buyer was North Carolina-based Aston Properties, county property records show. Aston has developed call centers for T-Mobile in the past and is listed as the developer on the plans filed with Henrico last month. Aston did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

T-Mobile’s current regional operations hub is at 200 Westgate Parkway in Short Pump, where the company houses upwards of 700 workers. It’s unclear whether that location will be affected by the new White Oak call center. T-Mobile, which is in the midst of merging with fellow telecom colossus Sprint, has not responded to requests for comment.

The former Sam’s Club building has been vacant since the Walmart-owned retailer closed in early 2018. The building sits on 16 acres and most recently was assessed by the county at $11.5 million. Colliers International’s Rob Black represented the seller, Sam’s East Inc., an entity tied to Walmart.

Aston owns about 45 properties throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Its closest local holdings are retail strip centers Southpark Square, Southpark Crossing and Park South in Colonial Heights.

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