Organic Grocer Coming To Former Walmart Site In Midtown Miami, Along With Tower Of Up to 36 Stories

Walmart has sold their property in Midtown Miami.

A mixed-use project anchored by an organic grocery store will replace it, the new owner told the Herald.

The new development will also be large scale, the developer said. Between 24 and 36 stories can be built.

Midtown Opportunities is the new owner, paying $26.4 million for the 4.6-acre site. The company already owns adjacent land, and is also co-developing a 32-story apartment tower called Midtown 6 that is near completion.

Walmart tripled their money on the deal in five years – they bought the property for $8.2 million in 2014. The company was unable to obtain a construction permit from the city, since it needed a unity of title from the Midtown Community Development District and Midtown Opportunities who owned land on either side.

 

 

 

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Anonymous

I’m glad they’re building another resident tower on top of a grocery.

Anonymous

Why didn’t Walmart think about this?? Lol

Anonymous

Residential isn’t their business 😉

Anonymous

hmmm yeah, you right.. x3

Anonymous

As if living near a Walmart is bad, nobody wants to live ABOVE a Walmart. Living about 7-Eleven, CVS, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Subway are bad enough.

Anonymous

Living above a CVS is pretty convenient if you ask me.

Anonymous

Or a Dunkin’ Donuts 😉

Anonymous

A better grocery store will be a huge asset for the surrounding residential areas. It’s possible but too inconvenient to buy groceries at Target.

Corrupt City Politicians / Lobbyists

You can thank Grant Stern for spending 7 years fighting Walmart and its lobbyists like disgraced ex-Mayors Neisan Kasden and Manny Diaz and Francisco Garcia. Midtown’s rules NEVER allowed a monster big box on that site.

Anonymous

Rumor is that its Whole Foods. Heres to it opening asap!!

Anonymous

nooo… Trader Joes.. Please GOd!

Anonymous

Let’s just be sooooo very thankful it’s not a Publix. The most over-rated, over-priced market of em all

Anonymous

well speaking of Publix. The only one in Edgewater is slammed just about every hour of the day. They will be adding a few more in the years to come.

Anonymous

Obviously, because there’s nothing else. But we should all be thankful if there’s a little bit of variety.

Anonymous

not true. you can go to the Price Choice Foodmarket at 1851 NE 2 Ave (literally a block and a half away) 😉 lol

Sgt. Sapingo

Why do you hate Publix? I find it to be the place where shopping is a pleasure.

Anonymous

Publix would be much better if they had apple pay & self-checkout. Especially in urban core locations.

Anonymous

I will continue to pay and shop at public because their restocking policy, cleanliness, bagging services, product/produce quality, carryout assistance and customer service is superior to all competitors. I would be a pleasure to have Publix become the face of what’s good about downtown Miami grocery shopping.

Anonymous

have you actually been in the Publix Brickell? Why are we seeing different things? The shopping expercie is terrible and the check out lines are wrapped with only a hand full of registers open. Even the layout of the store is awkward.

Anonymous

I have to agree there. I have nothing against Publix but the shopping experience at Whole Foods in Downtown is nicer than the 3 Brickell Publixes.

Anonymous

If you call product quality pretty, perfect produce, Publix is your place. I like natural, organic, properly priced produce. Everything else is bluff

Anonymous

Did a Publix rep write this? What complete garbage, especially regarding the nonexistent bagging and unfriendly cashiers.

Anonymous

for him.. Shopping Costs a Treasure. lmao *guess he’d rather save money at Whole Paycheck

Anonymous

Fresco y Mas

Anonymous

The Fresh Market

Anonymous

I heard a TJ is coming to Midtown.

Anonymous

TJ Max?

Anonymous

why would the add a TJ Max when midtown shops have HomeGoods?

Anonymous

TJ = Trader Joe

Anonymous

TJ was but not anymore 🙁

Anonymous

Extend Metromover 15 blocks north from 15th Street…stop endlessly talking about and “studying” transit, do it!

Anonymous

Add a Tri-Rail stop as part of the downtown spur for 1/15th the time and price.

transplant

Good news. I hope the development does more to incorporate the neighborhood, much like the original Midtown development and maybe a bit less like the newly-built, stand alone towers along the train tracks.

Anonymous

tripled their money on the deal

Anonymous

and people think Walmart is stupid? Lmfao

Anonymous

an all organic grocery would be great. there are a couple in St. Petersburg, FL. don’t really know of one here in Miami.

Anonymous

Because unfortunately, Miami is not a supermarket/farmer’s market kind of city. They want to stop at Sedano’s, Presidente or Publix. Yuk

Anonymous

they have a Sedano’s in midtown? I thought everyone in Miami doesn’t own a car? Don’t they walk everywhere?

Anonymous

Have you ever heard of Metromover?

Sgt. Sapingo

Publix has their revered subs on sale this week. Why is Publix bad?

Anonymous

If subs is your food realm…

Anonymous

Guys, it’s not that Publix is bad, it just would be fresh and nice to have a few other choices.

Sgt. Sapingo

Stop acting like you’re eating foie gras and surf/turf at Prime 112 for lunch every afternoon.

We all know you park your leased 3-series in front of your mom’s house.

Everyone eats Publix subs. They’re delicious. If you haven’t, then it’s your loss bro.

Anonymous

Publix fried and rotisserie chickens are the best around, but cheaper at Walmart.

Trader Blows, Whole Paycheck….Lmao paying extra for a “shopping experience” when you should really be funding your 401K or padding your emergency savings fund.

Anonymous

Miami an it’s corruption at it again! Im happy they sold the land but it crazy they bought the land and couldn’t develop on it.

Sgt. Sapingo

Does Grant Stern have any ownership of it?

Anonymous

Love your name

Sgt. Sapingo

My dad is Captain Comemierda. Wait till you meet him.

Anonymous

He’ll mortgage it

Violate laws much?

You can thank Grant Stern for exposing the corruption that lead to Walmart leaving the site. Disgraced ex-Mayor Manny Diaz worked for Walmart AND his sidekick Marc Sarnoff voted Yes to approve Walmart even though they were informed Walmart was beaking many rules and laws.

William

Walmart got muscled out quickly. Not sure why they didn’t push to get the deal done. The MCDD screwed them over big time. And the attorneys that missed the unity of title issue should pay walmart a fee for their stupidity. At least they got some consideration for it.

Anonymous

Feature, not a bug. Those Walmart lawyers (including former Mayor Manny A. Diaz) didn’t miss the unity of title issue. They greased the palms of top city officials to slide that dirty deal through at each step of the way.

Pay to Play

Ex-Mayor Manny Diaz was on Walmart’s payroll. City officials knew Walmart was breaking many laws. So much corruption, so little time…

Anonymous

So this will be midtown 8?

Anonymous

9*

Anonymous

Gonna Be A Milams

Corruption

Corruption! Walmart should never have received any approvals to build a monster Walmart on this site. City officials blatantly violated many laws. Walmart and its lobbyists and its many attorneys “allegedly” solicted corruption. Grant Stern exposed the corruption.

Gambler

4.6 acres. Big plot. Put a Vegas style casino there, and extend the metromover north to the site. Miami needs a huge Vegas style casino. It is a wealth tourism City with the largest cruise port, and soon to be connected by tourism Orlando via Virgin Trains. Build a huge destination style Vegas Resort Casino.

Anonymous

Wow it’s like the former herald site doesn’t exist anymore

Anonymous

disappointed the Walmart didn’t work out. NIMBYs in midtown/Edgewater have no idea how nice it is to walk into a store with sweatpants and saddles and look like a total bum.

Anonymous

LOL, I see what you did there 😉

Anonymous

Sshhhhh.
Keep it to yourself

Anonymous

LMAO! I hear ya.

Anonymous

Lets just keep it to ourselves….LOL

Lobbyist much

Walmart sure hired sleazy lobbyists. Manny Diaz, Francois Illias, Marc Sarnoff… Barbara Hardemon? A monster Walmart would have killed Wynwood.