Walmart today announced plans for its first store in the City of Fort Lauderdale.
The supercenter will be an anchor tenant for the Riverbend Marketplace project that will be constructed by Gatlin Development at the intersection of Broward Boulevard and Interstate 95. The store will create an estimated 300 jobs and will provide affordable grocery options to the surrounding neighborhoods. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2015, followed by the store’s grand opening in late 2015.
The 180,000-square-foot store and the retail complex that will surround it will help revive a 33-acre property that sits at the gateway of the City and has been vacant for seven years.
“We think Walmart can be a part of the solution for the City of Fort Lauderdale when it comes to affordable groceries and jobs,” said Bill Wertz, a Walmart spokesperson. “Our store, and others in the complex will help serve as a catalyst for economic development in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area.”
Combining general merchandise and a full line of groceries in one location, the supercenter will offer Ft. Lauderdale shoppers the convenience of one-stop shopping close to home. The new supercenter will feature fresh produce, meat and dairy products, and a pharmacy, along with a wide assortment of quality, value-priced merchandise.
Walmart has been operating stores in Broward County since 1989 and currently operates 24 stores serving cities including Lauderdale Lakes, Pompano Beach, Margate, Davie and Hallandale Beach.
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