Walmart announced plans last week to open a Supercenter in Northwest Miami-Dade, bringing approximately 300 new jobs and more affordable grocery options to the surrounding neighborhood.
The permit application has received final approval from the Miami-Dade County Community Zoning Appeals Board, giving Walmart the green light on plans for the new store, with construction scheduled to begin in 2013 and an anticipated opening in 2014.
Located at NW 32 Ave and 79 Street, the new supercenter will activate a vacant site that has not been developed in over a decade. Easily accessible via public transit, the new store will sit steps away from the Northside Metrorail station.
“Walmart’s investment is a vote of confidence in this community and will bring a much needed economic boost to an area that hasn’t experienced major development in a long time,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, who represents Northwest Miami-Dade. “For the many residents who live in the neighborhood, the new employment opportunities and affordable prices at the Walmart Supercenter are welcome.”
The 186,000 square foot Supercenter will feature a full line of groceries as well as a bakery, a deli, a frozen food section and meat, dairy and fresh produce sections. General merchandise areas include pharmacy, apparel and accessories, electronics, home, fine jewelry and health and beauty.
“We look forward to bringing a new store to a community that is in need of access to more affordable groceries and jobs,” said Steven Restivo, Senior Director of Community Affairs at Walmart. “We think Walmart will not only bring expanded access to fresh food, but also spur economic development, while hopefully attracting additional businesses to the area.”
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