Wal-Mart opens convenience store in its headquarters city of Bentonville, Arkansas, under banner Walmart to Go; 5,000-sq.-ft. store carries 3,500 SKUs of grocery items, is supplied by nearby Walmart supercenter

Cindy Allen

Cindy Allen

Mar 24, 2014 – Supermarket News

NEW YORK , March 24, 2014 () – Walmart has opened a convenience store under a new banner — Walmart to Go — in its headquarters city of Bentonville, Ark.

Local reports said the unit, which includes a fuel center and is located just three blocks from the company’s global offices, is the only such store the company has planned for now.

The 5,000-square-foot store carries 3,500 SKUs of grocery items, and is supplied by a Walmart supercenter, also located about three blocks away, according a report on TheCityWire.com.

“It is very much a hybrid. I would consider it a food store that sells fuel,” Debra Layton, SVP of small formats for Walmart, told KNWA-TV.

The local TV station also reported that the store, which is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, is partnering with a local butcher to provide prepared foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A spokesperson for Walmart could not be reached for comment for this article.

Walmart previously unveiled plans to rapidly expand its small formats this year, including its Walmart Express and Neighborhood Market banners.

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