Walmart is investing $1.66 million to renovate the Arlington Neighborhood Market

Walmart Inc. is launching a complete store renovation of one of the first neighborhood markets, which opened in Arlington in 2013.

FMGI Inc. of Woodstock, Georgia, is the contractor for the $1.66 million project to renovate the 38,830-square-foot store at 8011 Merrill Road, Unit 9, in the Merrill Station shopping center.

Cuhaci & Peterson of Orlando is the architect.

Plans show some of the repair work needed for the Walmart Neighborhood Market store in Arlington’s Merrill Station shopping center at 8011 Merrill Road, Unit 9.

Plans also indicate new signage with “Pickup” on the front.

The store is located at Merrill and Hartsfield roads in the northwest, east of Interstate 295.

The first four Walmart Neighborhood Markets opened in 2013 in Arlington, Mandarin and St. Johns and Clay counties.

There are now seven markets, including those in Baymeadows, at San Pablo and Atlantic Boulevard, and in West Jacksonville on Wilson Boulevard west of I-295.

Neighborhood markets are Walmart supermarkets. They are approximately 38,000 square feet and offer groceries, pharmacy services and household goods, but are one-fifth the size of the average 18,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenters.

The facade of the Walmart Neighborhood Market store in the Merrill Station shopping center shows some of the repair work needed on the building.

Supercenters and Neighb each employ approximately 300 people

orhood Markets employs about 95 people, according to corporate.walmart.com.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets sell produce, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, housewares, health and beauty aids and a pharmacy.

Sam Walton opened his first discount store in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962.

Walmart began building Supercenters in 1988 and designed Neighborhood Markets in 1998 as a smaller option with a pharmacy, groceries and merchandise.

In December 2012, the city issued a permit for the Merrill Station Neighborhood Market as one of the first in Duval County. It replaced a former Food Lion supermarket. It was a $1.59 million project.

A renovation is planned for the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Merrill Station shopping center.

Photo by Karen Brune Mathis

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