Walmart on Thursday announced plans to open its first store in the City of Miami.
The new Walmart Neighborhood Market will be located at 6991 SW 8 St., the former site of Everglades Lumber in the city’s Flagami neighborhood. The company submitted a site plan to the city on Thursday for approval.
The Neighborhood Market concept is essentially Walmart’s version of a grocery store with some extra general merchandise thrown in. By utilizing a smaller format it allows Walmart to get into markets that couldn’t accommodate it’s larger supercenter format.
The Flagami store will be 54,000 sq. ft. or about one-third the size of a Walmart supercenter. The store will offer fresh produce, meat and dairy products, frozen foods, dry goods, pharmacy, pet supplies and household items.
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Construction is set to begin next year with an opening in 2014. The property will also include a gas station and a TD Bank branch. The Neighborhood Market will employ up to 100 people.
Walmart currently operates about 200 Neighborhood Markets across the country. The company opened its first one in Miami-Dade County earlier this year in Hialeah.