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Casselberry Sam's Club up for major renovation work

The Sam's Club in Casselberry is getting a multi-million dollar makeover that will provide hundreds of jobs to local contractors, ranging from carpenters to cement layers.

The renovation of the store, which has operated at Semoran Boulevard and U.S. 17-92 for nearly 30 years, is slated to begin early next year.

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Representatives of Sam's Club, a unit of Walmart Stores, are presently working with Seminole County planners on a site plan that conforms to local building and aesthetic specifications.

Sam's Club is modernizing its nearly 30-year-old Casselberry store, including completely repainting its exterior.
Sam's Club is modernizing its nearly 30-year-old Casselberry store, including completely repainting its exterior. (Walmart)

It is unclear whether Sam's Club has decided on a general contractor.

General contractor Rick Shipman Construction of Dexter, Missouri, submitted a permit in November for interior alterations at the store, but it has since been voided.

The company's assistant project manager, Sherry Allen, would not confirm that Rick Shipman Construction had received a formal nod from Sam's Club to take the GC role, but did say the company does projects for Walmart.

The Sam's Club in Casselberry covers 12 acres, store and parking.
The Sam's Club in Casselberry covers 12 acres, store and parking. (Seminole County)

The company's approach is to seek subcontractors locally, Allen said.

A Sam's Club spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the Casselberry project or where the company is in terms of GC selection, which would come from what it calls its preferred list.

Walmart has a rigorous approach to choosing the businesses it will work with, including an extensive application process that often requires the would-be service provider to go to the company's Bentonville headquarters to meet face to face and get a feel for Walmart's culture.

CPH is listed on county documents as the project's civil engineer. A representative did not respond to a request for comment.

Under site plans submitted to Seminole County, the store's interior will be completely redone, a new storefront vestibule with a concrete apron will be added, exterior building repairs and site improvements will be made, and the entire exterior will be repainted.

The average size of a Sam's Club, which is a membership-only retailer that sells merchandise in bulk, is 176,000 square feet. The Casselberry Sam's Club sits on 12 acres.

In addition to painting, a major component of the renovation is shifting the front drive lane by about 11 feet to accommodate the new vestibule and apron. The shift will require reconfiguring existing landscaping around curb islands and creating five-foot-wide walkways, which mean the loss of five parking spaces.

Sam's Club also plans to reseal parking lot pavement within its part of the shopping center, replace damaged asphalt, re-stripe spaces, add more directional signs and repaint light poles.

The scope of work will easily run into the millions of dollars, based on the cost of similar renovations of other Sam's Clubs across the country.

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