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: