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Don’t Expect Smaller, Urban Costco Stores Anytime Soon

While Walmart has been trying out its (relatively) smaller Walmart Express stores for the last few years, and Target began launching its own miniaturized CityTarget stores in 2012, the CEO of Costco says his city-living customers are willing to make the haul out to the ‘burbs for savings. [More]

Walmart Hopes Small Stores Will Shore Up Slumping Sales

Walmart Hopes Small Stores Will Shore Up Slumping Sales

Continuing its trend of opening more smallish Walmart Express stores and hoping to buck a two-year-long sales slump, Walmart confirmed plans to go crazy building its Mini-Mes. The company, which already has opened 185 of the stores, hopes to add as many as 100 more by January. [More]

Tiny Walmarts Multiply, Spread Across Arkansas

Tiny Walmarts Multiply, Spread Across Arkansas

Like the tiny brooms in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” mini Walmarts are marching rhythmically into communities in Arkansas. After the opening of the world’s smallest Walmart on the University of Arkansas campus, BusinessWeek reports that the megaretailer plans to begin construction next week on three new Walmart Express stores. [More]