Walmart USA Neighborhood Market Rapidly Expanding Grocery-Arm


           Since 2008 Wal-Mart has been operating a separate grocery-only chain of supermarkets called Walmart Neighborhood Market.  The stores are only about a quarter the size of Walmart's traditional Supercenter locations.  By year-end 2012 Walmart will have opened another 50-60 locations with 300 more openings planned over the next four years.  Little known to most people, groceries represent most of Walmart's international sales (international revenue accounts for about a quarter of total revenue;  In the UK and South Africa all of Walmart's locations are grocery stores) in contrast with North America where retail sales are more important.

In 2012 new Neighborhood Markets have been popping up all over the United States, from Washington (introduced late June) to Texas.  In the first five months of 2012 23 Neighborhood Markets opened including two grand openings in Texas on May 16th. 

Not all has been easy for Walmart, though.  Neighborhood Market has encountered a lot of opposition.  In Bellevue, Washington local retailers are concerned about the impact the new discount food chain will have on local businesses.  They say that Walmart "doesn't play by the same rules" (nonunion) and so its presence will shake up the way businesses operate.

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