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North Trail Walmart Market Announces Opening Date

North Trail Walmart Market store manager is Bradenton native who started out as a cart pusher.

The first Walmart in the City of Sarasota will open ahead of schedule.

The grand opening for the will be Wednesday, Sept. 19, said store manager Jeffrey Douglas. Douglas made the announcement Wednesday night d on Ringling Boulevard.

Douglas said he has been with Walmart for 14 years.

"I started out as a part-time cart pusher on Cortez Road in Bradenton," Douglas said. "I'm born and raised in Bradenton, Florida."

The Walmart Market is a different format than a typical Walmart store or Supercenter. It exclusively sells groceries and includes a pharmacy. 

The 34,244-square-foot store, 3500 N. Tamiami Trail, replaces the former Winn-Dixie.

The store will be open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., and will have 90 to 100 full-time and part-time employees. 

Staff reports were used in this story.

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