TOO BIG?

Wal-Mart Stores -- never a company to think small -- entered the combination discount-supermarket business nearly a decade ago with a huge Hypermart USA location in Dallas. That "mall without wall" experiment faded away, after a couple more locations were opened, in part because at more than 225,000 square feet the store was simply too large.But that hypermarket format was quickly transmuted into

Wal-Mart Stores -- never a company to think small -- entered the combination discount-supermarket business nearly a decade ago with a huge Hypermart USA location in Dallas. That "mall without wall" experiment faded away, after a couple more locations were opened, in part because at more than 225,000 square feet the store was simply too large.

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