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Walmart Breaks Ground On Controversial Midtown Store

Construction is underway on Midtown Miami’s polarizing new Walmart store.

Records show that the city issued a phased permit on December 23. Construction workers were on site the week after Christmas.

J. Raymond Construction Corp is the contractor.

Update: A spokesperson for Walmart released the following statement: “The City of Miami’s issuance of a building permit for our new Walmart store in Midtown is another step forward in the development process following the store’s unanimous approval at the City Commission. Our plans enjoy overwhelming support from residents in nearby Wynwood, Overtown, Allapattah and Downtown Miami who are excited about the arrival of hundreds of new jobs and affordable groceries in their neighborhood.”

 

 

Thousands of new units are either planned or under construction in Midtown within a short walk of the new store. They include:

  • Midtown 5 (400 rental units -under construction )
  • Hyde Midtown (440 condo units – under construction)
  • District 36 (195 rental units – under construction)
  • Chiquita (700 rental units – recently approved)
  • Midtown 29 (309 rental units – recently approved)
  • Triptych (hotel/office – recently approved)
  • Midtown 6 and 7 (now going through approval process)

 

walmart construction site:

the site a day before construction began:

a rendering of the store:

 

 

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Marc305
Marc305
7 months 26 days ago

I said it 3 years ago and I will say it again now. There is no reason not to build a Walmart in this location when there is already a Ross and a Target. In fact I hope this will encourage Beth Bath and Beyond, Lowe’s, Brandsmart, and Ikea to follow in the footsteps and open a branch of their own in Midtown. Miami needs an area of big box stores such as this one for the thousands of people who live in Downtown and Brickell.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 25 days ago

Walmart improves an area for the first two years, after that mom and pops start failing. as in, two thirds fewer within a few miles from the walmart. but since walmart pays poorly and keeps many workers part time only, we pay for these employees who then qualify for near totally subsidized healthcare, food stamps, ssi. People thinking “anyone can make it” are dreaming when those trying are competing with a walmart nearby, … these are just some reasons many areas have kept walmart out of their neighborhoods.

Yet Another Anonymous
Yet Another Anonymous
7 months 25 days ago

I don’t think this is a bad addition. They have done almost everything they can to make it as “urban” as possible, with the exception of mixed-use with apartments like the one in Washington, but that is quite an exception.

The only thing I wish they would do to kill two more birds with one stone is add some PV panels over the top parking deck to utilize the Florida sun and shade the top cars. Solar power here has high intensity, high angle, close to 12 hours useful day, and Miami has decent annual sunshine %. With mainstream panels beginning to pass 20% efficiency, and some higher end ones that might make sense commercially approaching 25%, it makes sense economically from a long-term business prospective and would do A LOT of appeasing.

Biscayne Fan
Biscayne Fan
7 months 26 days ago

Big MISTAKE for Midtown !

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 25 days ago

I know a few people living in the skyrise condos of downtown ( both friends and family ) that will appreciate all the box stores and especially Walmart since they don’t have to drive inland to the burbs. And yes, these are mid to high income people who some actually used to live in Manhattan for years (My sister included, who is very cosmopolitan). Just because you make money and live in luxury doesn’t mean you can’t go to a Walmart in sweats and sandals often – Her words, not mine.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 25 days ago

Midtown Walmart supporters, please explain how this wouldn’t destroy the local businesses on North Miami Avenue ?

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 25 days ago

Yeah vote our comments down without an valid response to our concerns.

Marc305
Marc305
7 months 25 days ago

Big box retailers close down mom and pop shops, that is a fact and there is no arguing that point. In this particular area that already happened when Target and Ross were opened. People like you who oppose Walmart act as if Target is three times as expensive and a completely different animal when in fact that is not the case, it is the same pig only with a different dress. If there were no big retailers in Midtown, I could understand all these concerns, but no one bothered to bitch when Target opened. Miami (meaning Brickell, Downtown, and Midtown) needs an area where Big Box retailers such as Ikea, Home Depot, Brandsmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc, can operate, and like it or not this is the area where it will happen. We now have 3 it is time to bring in more.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 24 days ago

Its an WALMART not target and yes they’re different. And yes there is STILL mom and pop shops on North Miami Avenue after target was built.

David
7 months 17 days ago

Every Business has it’s own type of customers. The people who shop at specialty stores or mom and pop stores won’t go to a Walmart due to various reasons. This is a known fact in the business world.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 25 days ago

Walmart is still a bad fit for Midtown.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 24 days ago

All they need now is a Rent-a-Center, Family Dollar, Rainbow, and Cool J’s to complete the shopping experience in the neighborhood.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 26 days ago

Oooooh yummy. Cheap chicken and milk with anti biotics so your little one can reach puberty sooner. Not. But I only go for the entertainment value – if you know what I mean.

Grace Nugdy
Grace Nugdy
7 months 25 days ago

Love it!! I can’t wait to shop in there 🙂

John Burke
John Burke
7 months 25 days ago

Finally! We needed this! Great news !

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months 25 days ago

I was all for this project at first but then i realized something Miami is growing fast! before you know it we will look like Chicago with all the high rise buildings and such.The last thing i want to see is a bunch of high rise buildings then a walmart in the middle of it all. You may not understand what i mean now but you will in a few years when all these buildings pop up spreading all the way to midtown. You dont see Walmart in the middle of New York or Chicago or any other city this popular. It just makes us look cheap a walmart on prime real estate. If you want to go to Walmart go beyond 95.

Really???
Really???
7 months 25 days ago

That’s ridiculous. Do you know how much vacant or underutilized land is around Miami? We have plenty of room to build build decent size buildings for the next 50 years. In a few decades when a taller building is need they can simply replace it.

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