BENTONVILLE Ark. — As Wal-Mart Stores prepares to open its first Marketside locations in the Phoenix area, the company is reportedly scouting locations in Southern California as well, the Financial Times of London reported yesterday. The publication said Wal-Mart has applied for a liquor license for a Marketside unit in Oceanside, a coastal city north of San Diego — a couple of miles from a Tesco Fresh & Easy that opened in Vista, Calif., earlier this year. Marketside stores will be 15,000-20,000 square feet and will offer an assortment of fresh foods and prepared meals.
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