BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here plans to open a new, smaller food-and-drug store format of approximately 75,000 square feet in Torrance, Calif., the company told SN. The store will be located in a former Mervyn's Department Store, although the company would not say when it would open. Because the site is already zoned for retail use, Wal-Mart will not have to go through a public planning process with the city — a process that has been used by the company's opponents to keep it from ...

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