As I mentioned yesterday afternoon/evening, I was sent some photos on Facebook of the location being used Monday, May 13th, for season four filming. The location is in Griffin, GA on North Expressway between between Ellis Road and Lyndon Avenue. Thanks to Alexander Cain, for sharing the photos with me, and for letting me know more about this area, also called Ellis Crossing, in Griffin:
This is an old Wal-Mart and Winn Dixie combination parking lot.
Our Super Wal-Mart was constructed here in Griffin, Georgia up the road from this particular set about ten or so years ago. The location of this set is where the Wal-Mart used to be, but Winn Dixie was its next door neighbor in the same parking lot. So either reference is correct. Most people think of it as the old Wal-Mart lot just for sentimental reasons, and also because a lot of people (me included) tend to forget we used to have a Winn Dixie right where the “Big Spot” is right now. So the “Big Spot” exterior is, technically, the former Winn Dixie, but to call it Wal Mart would work too.
As far as I can tell this is a single-day shoot.
Alexander also told me that rumor is there was going to be a plane crashed into the building, or that it was going to be made to look that way. Of course we probably won’t know for sure unless someone is there to view the filming or until we see it on the screen this fall.
Not long after Alexander’s message and photos, I also received some additional photos from other fans in the area.
Thank you to Lynna, who lives nearby, and sent these photos in of the filming site:
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I’d also like to thank Jason who went by the location this morning for a few photos as well.
This filming will be taking place in conjunction with some road work directly in front of the location so traffic is going to be disrupted quite a bit as this is a main road through Griffin. I’ve heard that all businesses, etc, in the area will remain open while filming is taking place but traffic will be stopped periodically not only for construction, but likely also for the filming.
A big thank you to everyone who let me know about this filming location so I could relay the information and to Alexander, Lynna, and Jason for sending in photos of the site.
Update: Alexander sent in the following information relating to the filming site which may be useful to anyone planning to attend. I’m just going to copy his words here rather than try and write it from memory:
For anyone thinking of going to the shoot site : This is a BIG parking lot. If you come in to Griffin, you’ll probably want to park down near the car wash or gym area. You will see a business called Irish City Pub, then to its right is a car wash, behind all of that in a small shopping nook is a gym. Next door to there is an event center. Okay, the building you see immediately to the right is the old Wal-Mart. Right after that is the old Winn Dixie where the Big Spot has been created.
It all depends on how traffic gets stopped. I don’t know if say traffic is stopped 3 blocks away if that means pedestrians will be stopped at the same time. It DOES NOT LOOK THAT WAY. It seems that if you are on foot you will be able to access the area where filming will be taking place, and due to the size of this lot you should be able to find plenty of places. Try the Subway that is close by, it is at an angle but you will be able to see the whole set from there. At least the exterior portion. I do not know how much if any filming is taking place inside the “store.”
I wish I could give a time for the day but nothing is coming out of this to provide that. Given the placement of the flagger signs and the electronic signs it appears that this will be taking place at least partially during the day