Wal-Mart Buys 2 Properties On Gandy

By MICHAEL H. SAMUELS The Tampa Tribune

Published: Aug 29, 2007

SUN BAY SOUTH - Wal-Mart has taken some initial steps toward putting a Supercenter at Gandy Boulevard and Lois Avenue.

The discount retail giant has purchased at least two of the five properties it needs to build the 148,000-square-foot store.

One business on those properties, the Pleasure Zone Adult Supercenter, has been boarded up and closed. Property and store owner Arthur Rosenheck could not be reached for comment.

Dave Pezone, manager of Sticks 'N' Stuff discount furniture store next door, said he has been told the store's property has been sold.

"We do not know when we will have to be out of here," he said.

He said store officials are looking to relocate in the area.

Wal-Mart plans to buy five parcels along Gandy and Lois totaling almost 13 acres, company spokeswoman Quenta Vettel said. The site is zoned commercial.

The store will not be the typical gray and blue box but instead will fit in with the neighborhood, she said. There will be 625 parking spaces.

"We have begun working with the city," she said. "We still have to go through the process of getting our permits. That's what we're in the process of doing right now."

No timetable has been set for construction.

Reporter Michael H. Samuels can be reached at (813) 835-2109 or msamuels@tampatrib.com.


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