As Wal-Mart Stores continues to resolve the challenges of its small-format stores, the rapid proliferation of its Neighborhood Markets and Walmart Express may be close at hand, industry observers told SN. The rollout of 500 to 1,000 Neighborhood Markets could already be under way, they said, while Wal-Mart contemplates clustering multiple Express stores in a single market to test their compatibility with competitors and the chain’s other formats. Wal-Mart already operates ...

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