110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted May 15, 2014 - 10:01:11am
Under the auspices of a South Carolina development firm, Walmart has approached DeBary about building a new grocery store and pharmacy.
A Walmart grocery for Deltona just got final approval, and the same development firm is advertising space for lease alongside a Walmart grocery proposed for south DeLand.
DeBary Mayor Robert Garcia confirmed he met with representatives of WRS Real Estate Investments Inc. this month, regarding the company’s interest in building a Walmart-anchored shopping center along U.S. Highway 17-92 in front of Glen Abbey.
“As of today, we have not received anything to be submitted to our planners,” Garcia told The Beacon. “Until it goes to the planner and he pays his fees, there’s nothing.”
The site WRS is eyeing for a Walmart Neighborhood Market and other retail stores consists of approximately 17 acres at the northeast corner of U.S. 17-92 and North Pine Meadow Drive. The property owner is the West Volusia Family YMCA, and the land is already zoned commercial.
Kevin Rogers, an executive of WRS spearheading the development of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Deltona, declined to answer any questions about his firm’s interest in a DeBary development.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” he said by telephone.
Garcia said he has “concerns” about putting high-intensity commercial development on the DeBary site, because of heavy traffic through the nearby intersection. He noted, too, he had received some calls from worried Glen Abbey homeowners, who had heard the rumor about the possible Walmart store and thought it meant Walmart wanted to build a Supercenter next to their subdivision.
Walmart has Supercenters in Orange City, DeLand and Deltona, but has yet to build a Walmart Neighborhood Market in West Volusia. The company has announced plans to increase its presence in the so-called small-store market, where it will compete with stores like Publix and Dollar General.
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