Wal-Mart Stores -- never a company to think small -- entered the combination discount-supermarket business nearly a decade ago with a huge Hypermart USA location in Dallas. That "mall without wall" experiment faded away, after a couple more locations were opened, in part because at more than 225,000 square feet the store was simply too large. But that hypermarket format was quickly transmuted into the successful supercenter concept that Wal-Mart is rolling out across the land. The ...

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