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Walmart To Host Community Meeting For Ringling Store

While attempting to secure approvals from the city, Walmart is reaching out to Sarasota residents for their input.

Walmart is inviting the neighborhood out to talk about its proposed Supercenter in the Ringling Shopping Center.

A community meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at , 2100 E. Laurel St.

Walmart is which is a 97,779-square-foot store with 370 regular parking spaces, and would have to demolish the city's oldest shopping center to make way for the new store. The meeting invitiation also promotes an "energy efficient store with enhanced architectural design features complimentary to downtown Sarasota."

Holding a community meeting isn't new for Walmart in Sarasota. When the company worked on gaining approvals for the Walmart Neighborhood Market on the corner of Myrtle Street and North Tamiami Trail, the featuring a rendering of the proposed store.

The Neighborhood Market received approval, and is set to open in October.

, but so far has not put in an official application for the plan for it to move to the next step, said Courtney Mendez, senior planner for the City of Sarasota.

The community meeting is a voluntary meeting held by Walmart.

William Boyle August 10, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Wal Mart is evil, no more Walmart stores
Ronald Smith August 15, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Walmart is no more evil than any other big box store. It offers huge cost savings to those who shop there and provides large community improvement wherever its stores go up. It is a big target and easy to pick on. Where do you shop? Is it really better? What makes it better?
William Boyle August 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Mr Smith simply google Walmart tax subsidies, Slave labor, crime rates and discrimination lastly Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price Enjoy

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