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Is this Gainesville Walmart actually haunted by a former employee?

Evie M.

There are an exceptional amount of haunted ordinary stores around Florida, I will tell you what. Every day I am floored by how many random buildings seem to have ghost problems around Florida. I’m also not sure why I find it so entertaining, but here we are. I realized something about myself I didn’t know before: If I find out about a weird, haunted modern day store, like a Floor and Decor, a Walgreens, or a Walmart, I’m going to learn everything I can about it and subject you to it, too.

So there’s a little about me we all learned together. Let’s get started. When I perused the list of haunted places on theshadowlands.net (which is turning into an excellent resource), I prayed to find something as odd as a haunted Walmart, and I got my wish. But not in Orlando. Today, we’re focusing on the town of Gainesville, Florida.

Home of the University of Florida, Gainesville is a city 70 miles outside of Jacksonville (and a 1 hour and 40 minute drive outside of Orlando, according to Mapquest). Established around a trading post called “Hog Town” in 1830, the city of Gainesville became the county seat, earning it’s name from General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, who served as commander in the War of 1812, though no big battles ever went down in Gainesville.

It was the University of Florida, established in 1905, that brought Gainesville to the Florida forefront of the economy, particularly in tourism and education. Gainesville is also notably haunted, like so many places in Florida, offering several alleged ghostly hot spots for enthusiasts. And one such place caught my eye: the (apparently) haunted Wal-Mart on 13th street.

Located at 2649 NW 13Th St. in Gainesville, Florida, reports claim this Wal-Mart has seen its fair share of ghostly activity. According to the shadowlands.net, psychics have sensed a “harmless” female presence, the spirit of a former employee. Her energy is felt mostly in the Infants and Girls clothing section. She also is said to frequent the Jewelry, Crafts, and Domestics sections. (This makes me incredibly sad).

“When no one is around”, reports complain of “cold spots” and “conversations”. Scary, but it also sounds like this poor woman is simply wanting a connection. The story also says she worked at the store up to “three days before her death”. Maybe she is trying to get a message out?

I do feel that this Walmart is worth a visit to see if you can spot anything out of the ordinary, but if you're planning to shop, be mindful that the reviews across the internet for this Walmart aren't so favorable, siting it as old, dirty, tired, and with no employees in site. Maybe you can do a double whammy. While looking for the ghost, you can give a thorough appraisal of the Walmart to see if the reviews are up to standard. Sounds like a full day to me. And if you're really in the spirit, there are other haunted locations just on thirteenth street alone (which I will be covering).

I can't wait to go and check out this Walmart for myself. My only question is: Who's coming with me?

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