Plans to erect a giant Walmart smack dab in the middle of the Wynwood/Midtown area have garnered headlines, but that's just the tip of the iceberg for Walmart's plans for Miami-Dade. The controversial big-box chain is looking to add six more stores in Miami-Dade in the next two years.
Walmart has never quite taken hold in Miami-Dade as it has much of the rest of the South. The chain only operates 11 stores in the county today. To put that in prospective, neighboring Collier County, which has only 12 percent of our population, now has six Walmart stores. As the Miami Herald points out, South Florida is the only market in the Southeast where Walmart's grocery share is third, with about 11.6 percent of the market.
In other words, Walmart realizes there's still room for growth in the county.
Plans to plop down a store in the rapidly gentrifying Midtown area have garnered nothing short of controversy. It might be Walmart's closest store to the urban center of a major American metro area in the entire country.
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According to the Herald, Walmart also has plans for six other new stores in the county:
- A neighborhood market in Hialeah opening within a month.
- A neighborhood market in Homestead planned for summer 2013.
- A Supercenter in Goulds planned for fall 2013.
- A Supercenter in Homestead planned for early 2014.
- A Supercenter in Miami at Flagler St. & NW 92nd Ave. in the Fountainbleau area planned for 2014
- A neighborhood market in the Flagami area planned for 2014.
Walmart is also expanding in Broward and Palm Beach counties as well. According to the Herald, that's about a $380 million investment in South Florida planned over the next two years.