After 5-year process, Wal-Mart wins okay

By Times Staff Writers
Published December 8, 2007


Wal-Mart got the green light Thursday from top planners in the county for a 185,000-square-foot Supercenter in Land O'Lakes, at the triangular patch of land where U.S. 41 forks with Dale Mabry Highway.

"It is likely to start construction sometime late spring or early summer of 2008, with the opening in early spring 2009, although that could still change," said Quenta Vettel, Wal-Mart's spokeswoman.

It's been a five-year slog to get to Thursday's approval. Wal-Mart planners were gridlocked with state and county officials over traffic access at the tip of an area notorious for cars weaving to change lanes, called the apex.

Wal-Mart is playing catchup to Target at the apex. A SuperTarget opened in October, and another is planned at Cypress Creek Town Center, about 2 miles to the east.


Pedestrian fatally struck on Busch Boulevard

Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian that occurred just after 8 a.m. Friday at Busch Boulevard and 12th Street.

All but one eastbound lane of Busch was closed between Nebraska Avenue and 12th Street.

Tampa police said the driver who hit the pedestrian stopped at a nearby business and called 911.

Names of the driver and the pedestrian were not released.