Earlier this year, Walmart put an end to its Walmart Express experiment, shuttering all 102 of the smaller-format stores, some of which had been opened for less than a year. But not all of these locations will remain vacant, with Dollar General deciding to open up shop in dozens of former Express stores. [More]
The Walmart Express experiment was a teeny proportion of the more than 5,000 stores that the retailer claims across the United States: fewer than 150 tiny Walmarts in small towns across the country. Walmart pulling the plug on its experiment has a very real and very terrible effect on the people who live in those small towns. In some places, it leaves them without any local grocery stores or pharmacies. [More]
Of the 150 or so Walmart and Walmart Express Stores fated for the chopping block, almost all of them are closing for good next Thursday (Jan. 28). After hearing from anecdotal accounts of big sales at some of these stores, Walmart HQ has confirmed to Consumerist that you can indeed get 50% off at these doomed locations. [More]
Kids Football Team Wants Walmart To Rebuild Field Used To Build Store That Closed In Less Than A Year
Less than a year after seeing their patch of grass transform from a football field to a Walmart Express to a closed Walmart Express, the members of one Oklahoma youth football team are calling on the world’s largest retailer to replace their lost gridiron. [More]
Walmart’s five-year dalliance with trying to go small through new “Walmart Express” stores is apparently over. This morning, the company announced that it will shutter 154 locations in the U.S., including all 102 Express locations, in an effort to focus on its larger outlets. [More]
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]
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.