Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Small-Format Food Retailing Memo: Wal-Mart to Open Small-Format, 'Small-Mart' Marketside Stores in Arizona on October 4

From the Natural~Specialty Foods Memo Editor's Desk: Wal-Mart will open its four small-format grceory and fresh foods Marketside stores in Chandler, Gilbert Mesa and Tempe, Arizona in the Phoenix Metropolitan market on October 4, according to its website and a report in the blog Fresh & Easy Buzz.

As our readers know, we've covered Wal-Mart's Marketside format ('Small-Mart's being a term we coined for the stores) development extensively, beginning in September of 2007.

The Arizona stores are the first for Marketside units for Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart thus far plans to open two Marketside stores in Southern California, one in San Diego and another in the nearby city of Oceanside, according to our sources. Wal-Mart has not publicly announced the two California locations.

Additionally, we've reported Wal-Mart has plans to open more Marketside stores in Arizona -- besides the first four opening in 11 days -- as well as doing the same in Southern California, along with opening some of the small-format grocery and fresh foods markets in Northern California, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, Wal-Mart has looked at opening a Marketside store in the Reno area, in Northern Nevada.

Below is the report from Fresh & Easy Buzz. Natural~Specialty Foods Memo is working on an analysis piece regarding the Marketside stores opening on October 4. We hope to have it published soon.

From Fresh & Easy Buzz: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Breaking News: Wal-Mart to Open its Four Marketside Food and Grocery Markets in the Phoeniz, AZ Metropolitan Region on October 4

As we've been reporting on Fresh & Easy Buzz for months, Wal-Mart, Inc. has planned an early Fall, 2008 opening of its small-format, combination grocery and in-store fresh, prepared foods Marketside stores in the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan region.

Wal-Mart has now announced and confirmed on its website the specific date the four Marketside grocery markets will open in the Phoenix Metropolitan region cities of Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and Tempe.

All four Marketside stores are set to Open on Saturday, October 4, just 11 days from today, according to the announcement on the Marketside website. [Click here to see the announcement (look in the right corner) on the website. Click here for maps showing the location of each store in the four Arizona cities.

Click here to read the rest of the story from Fresh & Easy Buzz.

[Editor's Note -- the photos: The photograph at the top is of the Wal-Mart Marketside store in Mesa, Arizona. The picture was taken in late August, 2008. The second photograph shows what the inside of a Marketside store looks like (at least a small portion of it). Additionally, the aprons the three clerks in the picture are wearing are the Marketside store employee uniforms. The photo is from the website.]

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