Wal-Mart Express eyes East Texas towns
Longview — Retail giant Wal-Mart is thinking small in East Texas.
The company has rolled out plans for several of its smallest-format stores — called Wal-Mart Express — in small towns around East Texas, with mixed reactions from officials in those cities.
Naples, Tatum and Lone Lone Star are among the towns that could see construction starting soon on Wal-Mart Express stores.
“I’m not against any business,” said Naples Mayor Danny Mills. “I want to see this town grow more eventually, but at the time it’s really got the people kind of stirred up, and I don’t know whether it will wind up good or bad.”
The Wal-Mart Express format emerged in 2011, with company information saying it is Wal-Mart’s “smallest footprint” and an “ideal format for urban and rural areas that lack access to larger stores.” The Express Stores generally are about 15,000 square feet, with groceries, general merchandise and, sometimes, pharmacies. Some also sell gasoline.
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