Public Hearing on rezone for land near proposed Walmart

While Immokaleans wait…and wait…to hear more definitive news about a proposed Walmart store in northwest Immokalee, a public hearing on land adjacent to the proposed store is set for August 3. 

The public hearing – set for 5:30 p.m. on August 3 at Southwest Florida Works, 750 S. 5th Avenue – is focused on a 100,000-square-foot parcel of land on the southwest corner of Westclox Drive and State Road 29, immediately south of the proposed and presumed Walmart site. 

The public hearing is a requirement of the Collier County process of rezoning the land at the request of the owner. The Immokalee Community Development Agency encourages Immokaleans to come to the hearing and learn more about whatever project may be planned for the site. 

While discussion and action has slowed considerably about the proposed Walmart itself in recent months, there is no indication plans for that store have been dropped. 

According to available documents the proposed Walmart 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. 

%d bloggers like this: