ACQUISITIONS SEEN AS POSSIBILITY

It's unlikely Wal-Mart Stores will grow its Neighborhood Markets format through acquisition -- or is it?Pam Kohn, senior vice president, Neighborhood Markets, said Wal-Mart will continue to look at opportunities that arise. "But we're really focused on convenience and being convenient in a way that makes sense for a particular market, so we really prefer the 'ground-up' concept. However, we do have

It's unlikely Wal-Mart Stores will grow its Neighborhood Markets format through acquisition -- or is it?

Pam Kohn, senior vice president, Neighborhood Markets, said Wal-Mart will continue to look at opportunities that arise. "But we're really focused on convenience and being convenient in a way that makes sense for a particular market, so we really prefer the 'ground-up' concept. However, we do have a couple of stores that were previously used by other retailers."

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