(Courtesy of the Jacksonville Daily Record) – Walmart wants to build two more health clinics in Jacksonville in addition to the first two planned in West Jacksonville and another in Middleburg.
The city is reviewing permit applications submitted Feb. 15 for the retailer to add the clinics to its Supercenters at 11900 Atlantic Blvd. and 4250 Philips Highway.
Each carries an estimated construction cost of $350,000 for the 6,510-square-foot additions. Those costs are subject to change as contractors bid on the projects.
In October, Walmart filed building plans with the city for permits to build its first two Jacksonville health clinics at a basic construction cost of $900,000 each. Those clinics are expansions of Walmart Supercenters at 7075 Collins Road and 6830 Normandy Blvd. in West Jacksonville.
The expansions are almost 6,500 square feet at the Collins store and 7,600 square feet at Normandy. No contractor is specified for those clinics.
Walmart announced Sept. 17 in a blog post it would build seven Walmart Health centers in Jacksonville, with the first opening in early 2021.
The global retailer announced July 22 it would enter the Florida market with clinics in Jacksonville. The blog post also said it could add locations in Orlando and Tampa.
Walmart opened its first center in September 2019 in Dallas, Georgia. Walmart.com shows 20 health centers in Georgia, Illinois and Arkansas.
Walmart Health offers primary care, urgent care, dental, labs, imaging, counseling, optical and hearing services.
A July 22 Walmart blog post said Walmart Health will provide “quality, affordable and accessible” care to patients with or without health insurance.
Doctors working at the Walmart Health centers are not employed by Walmart, but are part of a professional entity that practices at Walmart Health, its website said.
Walmart Health centers also will provide community health resources, online education and in-person workshops focusing on preventive health and wellness, the blog post said.
Walmart previously filed plans for three Northeast Florida clinics with the city and the St. Johns River Water Management District.
In addition to the two Jacksonville projects, it submitted plans for a 6,500-square-foot clinic at the Walmart at 1580 Branan Field Road in Middleburg.
Walmart did not say where in Jacksonville the other clinics would be located, but they are built next to existing Supercenters.
There are 18 Walmart Supercenters in Duval, Nassau, Clay and St. Johns counties.
Wal-Mart Stores East of Bentonville, Arkansas, is the developer.
The blog post said Walmart would partner with BLOX, a health care building firm, to construct the centers.
Alabama-based BLOX designs, builds and installs smaller modules, such as operating rooms, exam rooms and bathrooms as well as larger projects, including ambulatory and acute care facilities and free-standing emergency rooms.
Jacksonville-based Haskell, a global architecture, engineering, construction and consulting firm, announced in August 2019 it was investing in the company.
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