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Jan. 4, 2013

Walmart Gets Final Approval for NW Miami-Dade Supercenter

By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor

Adding to the list of nearly 20 new or expanded stores planned in the next couple of years across South Florida, the Miami-Dade County Community Zoning Appeals Board green-lighted Walmart’s plans of building a Supercenter in Northwest Miami-Dade. Set at NW 32 Avenue and 79 Street, the new retail center 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.

The 186,000-square-foot Supercenter will feature a full selection of groceries, as well as a bakery, deli, frozen food section and meat, dairy and fresh produce sections. General merchandise areas include pharmacy, apparel, electronics, home, fine jewelry and health and beauty. It is estimated that the new retail center will employ up to 300 people upon completion.

“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.”

Walmart has been operating stores in Miami-Dade County for 20 years and currently serves Kendall, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Gardens, Homestead, Florida City, North Miami and Doral. Construction on the Supercenter is set to start in 2013, with a completion date estimated for 2014.

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