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0046-10-0001
Wal-Mart Canceled Re-Zoning Petition:
Petition  Current     Proposed          Acres        Location                   Project Name     Status        PC Date     BCC Date
1621      PCD      Over 60,000 Sq. Ft.    29.38   N of Fruitville Rd & east     Wal-Mart       Withdrawn    9/7/2006    10/25/2006
                                                               of Honore Avenue           Supercenter
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Seeds and pots make way for produce at Wal-Mart
Flowers are out, food is in.

Wal-Mart has filed plans with Sarasota County for an extensive renovation at its 4381 Cattlemen Road store to increase the sale of groceries there.

To do that, the retailer is demolishing its garden center and rebuilding a space for more groceries.

Apparently there's not enough room for a 210,000-square-feet Wal-Mart Supercenter on the 16-acre site, which includes a Home Depot. Plans for a Supercenter at the nearby Fruitville Road site next door to Sam's Club seem to have evaporated.

But even under the smaller store standards (the current Wal-Mart is about 140,000 square feet), more groceries is likely to mean more sales. As the economy has fallen sharply, even Wal-Mart has felt the pinch. While sales haven't been declining, they haven't been rising nearly as fast as they used to.

The stores that sell groceries seem to fare best.

Retail analyst Britt Beemer said that traffic at the Cattlemen Road site must be brisk to prompt the retailer to launch such an extensive -- and unheard of -- renovation.

"They don't want to give up on the business opportunity from that location," Beemer said. "Losing the garden center is a loss, but gaining a grocery store is a huge win."

Beemer said as Wal-Mart works to shore up its bottom line profits, it is probably better for the retailer to do renovations east of Sarasota than to try to move elsewhere.

"When you add a grocery center it almost doubles the amount of trips consumers make to the store per month," he said. "A grocery store certainly drives more traffic than a garden center."

Published Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 4:30 a.m.
by Toni Whitt
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