Immokalee Walmart up for discussion again Nov. 19

Not that it will be controversial but the proposed Walmart planned for Immokalee will be back up for public discussion Nov. 19. 

The Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency's (CRA) citizens advisory committee is set to hear updates on plans for the store, which the Barron Collier Companies announced last spring could open as early as autumn 2015. 

The CRA citizens committee meets in its regular monthly session at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at CareerSource Southwest Florida ((formerly known as Southwest Florida Works but known to most Immokaleans as the "One-Stop Shop), 750 South Fifth Street. 

All meetings of the CRA citizens committee are open to the public. 

The proposed store will be a 150,000-square-foot SuperCenter with full service grocery and pharmacy.

Nothing in the current plan suggests gasoline service will be available at the site, to be built on 25 acres at the northwest corner of Westclox Drive and State Road 29 across from the Isabel Collier Reid Medical Center campus.

Walmart officials said the store will bring to Immokalee between 300 and 350 new jobs, part-time and full time and pay an average of $12.99 per hour. They also said benefits will be included in the pay package for both part-time and full time employees. They did not spell out the benefits package.

Construction is expected to take 12 months once ground is broken.  Although no formal polling as taken place, the overwhelming sentiment of Immokaleans who have expressed opinions enthusiastically support the Superstore's construction. 

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