The new Walmart next to Pier Park in Panama City Beach is taking serious shape. Having been under construction for mere months, you can absolutely see the beginning signs of just what type of Walmart this is going to be.
I’m not one to ignite or fuel rumor-mill, but its been going around that this will indeed be a Super Walmart. I’ve found nothing official to note this but as the building shell is complete, it sure looks that it will indeed be a Super Walmart.
Is this a Super Walmart?
In South Walton, there is a Walmart neighborhood store. Think Walmart, only on a miniature scale. They have a lot of the things normal Walmarts have, but not as much, and there is grocery.
Original speculation discussed the new Walmart as being a neighborhood store as pundits insisted Walmart couldn’t justify two equally competitive stores in the same tax area. Plus the submitted plans specify that the new store is indeed smaller than the original Panama City Beach Walmart.
However, in the last couple weeks the store structure has taken enough shape to offer more clear speculation on what we can expect at this new Walmart.
Mayor Gayle Oberst has been known to say, “Panama City Beach, the only town with a population of 12,000 that has two super Walmarts.”
The photo evidence.
This first photo, taken from the front, closest to Pier Park clearly shows two entrances. The smaller, neighborhood stores only offer one entrance.
The second photo is taken from the front on the side furthest from Pier Park. From this view you can clearly see the large bay openings found in their lube centers for servicing vehicles.
Here are a variety of other shots to give you an idea of the progress. I’d say barring any weather issues, they’re still on schedule.
This shot is a closer look at the lube bay where they can service cars. It’s hard to tell at this point, but it looks as though the automobiles would come in from the left, entering on the wall that is facing to the left of the image.
This is a shot from the inside taken towards the south west. I didn’t get permission for this and sort of snuck up there – hope I don’t get in trouble! You can’t really see anything here short of the vastness of the inside of this new Walmart in Panama City Beach.
This is taken facing the southwest and shows the easterly-most entrance.
This is another view of the lube bay area, across the stormwater retention pond.
This shot was taken from the southwest (facing northeast) side of the building. There is a large solid concreate area, I assume would be for staging semi delivery trucks. I believe there are four bays for tractor trailers.