Even as Wal-Mart Stores continues to grow its U.S. store base, it is getting smaller. Actually, it is the boxes that are getting smaller as Wal-Mart finds more efficient ways of doing the same things in ever-shrinking spaces; as it seeks sites in more urbanized locations; and as it looks for ways to skirt “big box” laws that keep stores of 100,000 square feet out of many communities. Wal-Mart is no stranger to operating small stores, given that most of its international stores operate in ...

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