That future hulking Walmart in Midtown is in its pregnancy stages, with construction beginning the week after Christmas. Despite a fight from neighborhood activists and lawsuits, the battle appears to be over for the three-story, 200,000-plus square-foot superstore.
It's still seems like a bizarre fit. There's already a Target, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack and Ross. Thousands of new residential units are planned, with luxury residences lurking in Midtown 5 and Hyde Midtown. The restaurant scene is thriving with higher-end establishments like Sugarcane and Bocce. The plot of land used to serve as a Miami Art Week focal point. Walmart isn't exactly filling a need. It's muddying the waters. However, the new jobs are a plus.
Here's a statement from Walmart: "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."
Poll: Is Walmart a good fit in Midtown?
· Walmart Breaks Ground On Controversial Midtown Store [TNM]
· Midtown Walmart coverage [Curbed Miami]