WAL-MART EXPECTED TO OPEN BIG FORMATS

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Will Sam's Clubs and Wal-Mart Supercenters soon be dotting the Canadian landscape?That's the prediction of a number of observers in the wake of Wal-Mart's acquisition of 120 Woolco discount stores in Canada in late January.Wal-Mart's core discount format will account for the bulk of its Canadian expansion, but some of the locations purchased from Woolworth Canada will likely be

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Will Sam's Clubs and Wal-Mart Supercenters soon be dotting the Canadian landscape?

That's the prediction of a number of observers in the wake of Wal-Mart's acquisition of 120 Woolco discount stores in Canada in late January.

Wal-Mart's core discount format will account for the bulk of its Canadian expansion, but some of the locations purchased from Woolworth Canada will likely be adapted to its larger formats, observers said.

"Although it's early,

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