The Blog Fresh & Easy Buzz, which covers and writes about Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, small-format food and grocery retailing, and related topics and issues, has two stories today about Wal-Mart, Inc. and small-format food retailing.
The first piece reports on and details comments Wal-Mart, Inc. CEO Lee Scott made earlier this month at the 15th Annual Goldman Sachs Global Retailing Conference in New York City about a second (besides its small-format Marketside) small-format grocery store concept the retailer is studying.
You can read that story at the link here: "Special Report: Wal-Mart, Inc. Studying Second Small-Format Food and Grocery Store Concept; the 'Bodega' or Modern Version of the Corner Grocery Store."
The second piece from Fresh & Easy Buzz provides new information about Wal-Mart's Marketside grocery and fresh foods stores -- the first four of which will open on October 4 in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe, Arizona, in the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan market region -- offering a look inside Marketside prior to the stores opening in a week.
You can read that story here: "Wal-Mart Offers its Own 'Peek' Inside it's Small-Format Marketside As Part of A One-Week Countdown to the Stores' Oct. 4 Openings in Arizona."
The four Marketside stores (which we coined as "Small-Marts" in August, 2007) which are about 15,000 -to- 20,000 square feet will open in just one week.
The combination grocery, fresh and specialty foods stores -- which will feature basic groceries, natural, organic and specialty products, fresh baked goods, fresh produce and meats, craft beers, wines and spirits, and in-store prepared foods -- will herald a new era for Wal-Mart, one in which the world's largest retailer joins the prepared and natural/specialty foods categories in a major way.
The Marketside development also places Wal-Mart square in the center of the small-format food and grocery retailing revolution we've been talking about in Natural~Specialty Foods Memo since we first published the Blog in August, 2007, over a year ago.
The small-format food and grocery retailing revolution -- and small-format competition -- has just started. Stay tuned.