TARPON SPRINGS — Walmart is making plans to move into a former Kmart at 41232 U.S. 19, at the corner of Tarpon Avenue. The 84,907-square-foot store will not be a supercenter, but will have a grocery, pharmacy, bakery and deli.
"It's great news and we are looking for Walmart to be a catalyst for that corner, which is the entrance to the city," said Mayor David Archie. "There are also going to be some jobs."
The Kmart closed in November 2009 after 35 years at the Tarpon Square shopping center. Since Walmart plans to just refurbish the existing building, all that is needed from the city is a building permit. There will be no public hearings on the matter.
Walmart tried to build a 203,000-square-foot supercenter on the Anclote River in 2005, but spent nearly five years trying to get the necessary zoning changes and permits. A citizens group fought the plan and ultimately that project stalled.