Wal-Mart: A Small-Format Tour

By 
Greg Lindenberg, Editor, CSP

Wal-Mart

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart has a history of tinkering with formats to meet competitive threats, whether it be discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Trader Joe’s, or online interlopers such as Amazon.

Here's a look at six of its significant small store formats ...

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market

Introduced: 1998

Size: 38,000-45,000 square feet

Description: Medium-format stores offering groceries, some with small, freestanding c-stores with fuel

Status: More than 650 stores in 31 states

Wal-Mart Marketside

Wal-Mart Marketside

Wal-Mart Marketside

Introduced: 2008

Size: 16,000 square feet

Description: Medium-format stores offering groceries

Status: Wal-Mart closed the four locations in October 2011.

Wal-Mart on Campus

Wal-Mart on Campus

Wal-Mart on Campus

Introduced: January 2011

Size: 2,500-4,100 square feet

Description: Traditional neighborhood c-store on or near a college campus, without fuel

Status: Five stores

Wal-Mart Express

Wal-Mart Express

Wal-Mart Express

Introduced: March 2011

Size: 10,000-15,000 square feet

Description: Small-format stores offering groceries and limited assortment of merchandise, some with fuel

Status: All 102 stores closed and sold or converted; format discontinued

Wal-Mart to Go

Wal-Mart to Go

Wal-Mart to Go

Introduced: 2014

Size: 5,200 square feet

Description: Traditional c-store with fuel

Status: One store in Bentonville, Ark.

Wal-Mart Pickup With Fuel

Wal-Mart Pickup With Fuel

Wal-Mart Pickup With Fuel

Introduced: April 2016

Size: 4,000 square feet

Description: C-stores and online order pickup sites with fuel

Status: Two stores, in Madison, Ala., and Thornton, Colo.