Local 10 has learned Walmart may be eyeing the old Hollywood Fashion Center site for a Walmart Supercenter.
The company attended a economic development roundtable recently and expressed interest in the site.
The Hollywood Fashion Center was built in 1972 at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 441. Burdines, Jordan Marsh, JCPenney, and Richard's were among the major department stores at the mall, but many stores left for the Pembroke Lakes Mall, and the Hollywood Fashion Center closed in 1993.
Those who work nearby said the building then became a dilapidated eyesore. For a brief period, the building served as an indoor flea market, but it later went bust.
Don Drybread, the owner of Sub Center across the street, has hoped something would become of the Hollywood Fashion Center site for years.
"We need something here. I know what business was 20 years ago when there was a mall I know what it is now," said Drybread
The Florida Department of Transportation is already planning to widen U.S. 441 and the City of Hollywood has plans for beautifying the U.S. 441 corridor with parks, landscaping, and ponds.
"This is a vacant property. It could create jobs and get that property back on the tax rolls," said Devon Barbour with the City of Hollywood.
Mohammed Rahman, who owns Discount Beauty Supply across the street, said Walmart could put him out of business.
"I can't compete with them," said Rahman.
Nothing has been signed, but all sides seem to be moving in the right direction.