Walmart and Auto Zone will build next door
By B.C. Manion
Wells Fargo plans to open a 5,000-square-foot branch on SR 54, south of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard by the fourth quarter of this year.
The branch will be built using green energy standards, including ATMs that accept stacks of cash or checks without envelopes or deposit slips, according to Christina Smotryski, vice president and corporate communications manager for the bank’s Florida region.
The branch will have an open layout, five drive-through lanes and an online banking station, she said.
The branch will be built on one of four outparcels at a site that Pasco County has approved for a 196.150-square-foot Walmart Supercenter and 21,372-square-foot garden center.
It is unclear when Walmart plans to proceed with construction, said Dawn Sutton, a planner for Pasco County. Walmart officials did not respond to several requests for information by The Laker.
An access road to the site will be constructed off Wiregrass Ranch Boulevard, which is a new north-south road that ultimately will run from SR 56 to SR 54.
“Walmart is required to construct a portion of Wiregrass Ranch Boulevard,” Sutton said.
A typical Walmart Supercenter has about 300 employees, according to Walmart’s website.
AutoZone also has submitted a site plan to the county for one of the other outparcels, but company officials from AutoZone could not be reached for comment.