|Published:||Jul 24, 2013 6:14 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 24, 2013 7:29 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Plans are moving ahead for a new Walmart Supercenter at Summerlin Square in Lee County, near Fort Myers Beach.
The retail giant wants to rezone and build a 150,000 square foot store on 21 acres of property, now filled with vacant store fronts.
The store would bring 300 jobs along with it.
Many people in the area say it would be good for the South Lee County area to see the retail giant move in.
Leah Fontaine works at Cadillac's just down the street. She says it would only help their business, especially during off-season. She says customers who are shopping at Walmart may come in and eat there on their way.
Other business owners in the area say they want to see something replace the empty store fronts that sit in the plaza right now.
George Weekley, who lives on Fort Myers Beach, says he likes the idea, but the size of Walmart worries him a little. He's concerned about the traffic it would bring, especially during season.
The county will hold a public hearing on the project on August 9 at 9 a.m. in the hearing examiner's room on the second floor at 1500 Monroe Street. After that meeting, the hearing examiner will make a recommendation on the project. The zoning would then have to go to county commissioners for approval before construction could begin.
The store would take about a year to build.
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