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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Neighborhood Markets is a format with considerable untapped potential whose expansion Wal-Mart Stores could decide to accelerate at any time, industry observers told SN.However, with returns at Neighborhood Markets viable but lower than those at supercenters or warehouse clubs, they said Wal-Mart is more likely to continue to expand the format on a gradual basis, as it has for

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Neighborhood Markets is a format with considerable untapped potential whose expansion Wal-Mart Stores could decide to accelerate at any time, industry observers told SN.

However, with returns at Neighborhood Markets viable but lower than those at supercenters or warehouse clubs, they said Wal-Mart is more likely to continue to expand the format on a gradual basis, as it has for the last 10 years, while pushing the operating boundaries beyond the Southeast into a h

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