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D e m o l i t i o n o f t h e R i v e r ' s E d g e C o m m u n i t y C h u r c h s t r u c t u r e s b e g a n last week on the southwest corner of Beneva and Bee Ridge roads in Sarasota, c l e a r i n g t h e w a y f o r a n e w Wa l m a r t Neighborhood Market scheduled to open in the fall. T h e 2 4 - h o u r s t o r e a t o n e o f t h e county's busiest inter- sections will become the second Walmart Neighborhood Market in the community; the other is on North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The stores are about one-quarter the size of the retailer's typical Supercenters. The sight of a front-end loader ripping off the roof of the old church has been seen by some as a sign of forthcom- ing economic growth; by others, as a vision of traffic nightmares to come. The church tear-down — combined with the reappearance of con- s t r u c t i o n p r o j e c t s Demolition of the River's Edge Community Church began last week to make way for a new Walmart Neighborhood Market. Photo by Roger Drouin RAZING THE WAY FOR WALMART DEMOLITION CLEARS SITE FOR 24-HOUR WALMART NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET AT SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BEE RIDGE AND BENEVA ROADS In my opinion, it provides the residents of the area another option for shopping for grocery and pharmaceutical products. Jim Bridges Developer Jebco Ventures Inc. By Roger Drouin County Editor

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