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Walmart Expands Neighborhood Market Footprint

The company has unveiled a bigger Neighborhood Market format with more selling space and added features.

In January, Walmart committed to opening or converting more than 150 stores in the next five years, with the Neighborhood Market format set to benefit. Two new Neighborhood Market locations — a converted one in the Dune Lakes area of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and a newly constructed one in Atlanta’s Vine City neighbourhood – are the first locations to open under the initiative.

The two locations are not just remodelled or new – they’re also bigger. With 57,000sq ft of sales floor, pickup and delivery space, the Dune Lakes and Vine City stores have a footprint that’s about 17,000sq ft larger than the average Neighborhood Market. The expanded space will allow Walmart to sharpen its focus on value, speed and convenience, the retailer said.

“With the larger layout, we can offer a broader assortment across the entire store,” Kyle Kinnard, Senior VP, Neighborhood Markets, Walmart US, wrote in a blog on the company’s website. “Customers will see the biggest gains in our fresh departments. There will be more to choose from in bakery, produce, meat and dairy. Plus, the expanded service deli will offer more hot case options.”