From one of the skyscraper forums
Now how does the city justify having Target but deny Wal-Mart? It's not a height or traffic issue because the building is planned to proceed with the same leasable area with or without Wal-Mart. "Big-box retailers are welcome at The Shops at Midtown Miami -- except Wal-Mart." Thoughts?Wal*Mart proposed to open a store in downtown Miami next fall that would have been part of the new Midtown Miami retail complex. The retail complex features no surface parking and only sidewalk entrances, with a parking garage disguised from view and loading docks for trucks located in the centre of the structure, hidden from pedestrian views. They were willing, of course, to meet all the retail complexes urban demands, and even share anchoring the centre with Target, and take less desirable space on the second floor. However, Wal*Mart lost, as City of Miami officals wouldn't even hear of it, because of Wal*Mart's image. Nice to see Wal*Mart lose once in a while:
There is another big box urban retail centre going up in downtown Miami at 20th Street & 2nd Avenue. Hopefully Wal*Mart doesn't get in on this one either.