The smallest Walmart in the world opened Friday
AdAge.com mentioned last month that a 10,000-square-foot Walmart would open on the UA campus. According to a story by Fayetteville Flyer, the Walmart On Campus store is considerably smaller than the size originally estimated. Indeed, the 3,500-square-foot facility is considerably smaller than a Walmart Supercenter that typically comes in at 185,000-square-feet. The Fayetteville Flyer reports that the store will replace the Pat Walker Health Center Pharmacy, which operated for 26 years and closed last month.
As expected, a pharmacy is in the store as well as general retail items.
Bentonville-based Wal-Mart Stores has been in the habit of trying out new concepts for stores in northwest Arkansas. The retailer, for example, rolled out its Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in 1998 in northwest Arkansas and there are now 181 of those stores in the United States and Canada.
The Neighborhood Market grocery stores are small by Wal-Mart’s standards, coming in at 40,000-square-feet on average. The Walmart On Campus store is tiny even compared to that, but one has to wonder — is Wal-Mart test-marketing another store in hopes of developing a concept that will be used nationally?
Only time will tell.
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