MIAMI WALMART TO DISPLACE ART FAIRSFeb. 6, 2012
Walmart is planning to open a new 160,000-square-foot store in midtown Miami, and the development is going to force several art fairs to look for new homes. Scope, Red Dot and Art Asia, three satellite fairs to Art Basel Miami Beach, are hoping the megastore delays groundbreaking long enough for them to return to the bustling neighborhood at the end of this year, Beached Miami reports.
“It is our hope that Walmart will factor into their construction plans a window of opportunity for Scope and Art Asia to present their highly anticipated 2012 editions this coming December,” said Scope founder Alexis Hubshman in a statement.
Red Dot director George Billis said he plans to stick with the fair’s current spot for this year, but expects to start looking at other venues on the beach and in the Wynwood section of Miami for 2013.
Art Miami, meanwhile, is sticking with the empty lot it used last year, even though Walmart is expected to build loading docks and a service entrance for trucks a few feet away.“The presence of loading docks is not of any concern to us as some of the greatest art districts in America, like Chelsea or Soho, have many present,” Art Miami director Nick Korniloff told Beached Miami.
Walmart’s developers and city officials are said to be working toward an official permit to begin construction on the site.