Officials of the Barron Collier Companies and Walmart confirmed April 11 what speculation has suggested for months: a Walmart will anchor the northern edge of Immokalee and could open as early as Autumn 2015.
The store will be a 150,000-square-foot SuperCenter with full service grocery and pharmacy. There is nothing in the current plan that 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. Assuming Collier County grants the necessary permits for the store's construction, building could begin as early as Fall 2014 and be completed within 12 months.
Barron Collier Investments, a subdivision of the Barron Collier Companies, applied to Collier County's Growth Management Division, specifically its Planning and Zoning Department, for a zoning change that will allow the store's construction. Rumors had been rampant for months the store would be a Walmart.
Specifically, the Barron Collier zoning change requested would expand across SR 29 a commercial district now on the east side of SR 29 to include the 25 acres north of Westclox.