Wal-Mart’s Smaller Formats Poised for Growth in U.S.

“Wal-Mart wants these small formats to work because of the opportunities they present — not because they are small but because of the value equation they offer consumers: Having a Wal-Mart close by that makes for a more convenient shopping experience." — Jim Hertel, managing partner, Willard Bishop  

As Wal-Mart Stores continues to resolve the challenges of its small-format stores, the rapid proliferation of its Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Express may be close at hand, industry observers told SN.

The rollout of 500 to 1,000 Neighborhood Markets could already be under way, they said, while Wal-Mart contemplates clustering multiple Express stores in a single market to test their compatibility with com

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