SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Walmart Stores intends to construct a new ‘Walmart Market’ grocery store on the city's west side. This will be the fourth Market location planned, or currently under construction, inside the city limits.
The City of Springfield has received a request for a building permit for the retailer for 3536 W. Mt. Vernon St., which is at southwest corner of Mt. Vernon at West Bypass.
Walmart Markets operate as scaled-down versions of Supercenters, and sell mostly grocery and basic household items. Most locations also include a full-service bakery, deli, pharmacy, and photo center.
According to the Bentonville, AR-based company’s website, “Walmart (Neighborhood) Markets offer a quick and convenient shopping experience for customers who need groceries, pharmaceuticals, and general merchandise all at our famous Every Day Low Prices.”
Walmart also explained, “First opened in 1998, there are now 160 Walmart Neighborhood Markets, each employing about 95 associates. A typical store is about 42,000 square feet.”
The city’s first Walmart Market in Springfield, now going up at Glenstone and Bennett, is expected to open sometime in early 2012.
Walmart also plans to build Markets at Republic Road at Golden Ave. in southwest Springfield, and at Campbell Avenue at El Camino Alto, near the new Sam’s Club. Company officials have said it may build up to six Markets in the city.
ROSS DRESS FOR LESS
California-based Ross (Dress For Less) Stores is making an entry into Missouri with a new store in south Springfield. Plans filed with the City of Springfield reveal the proposed location to be 3300 S. Glenstone, in the Primrose Marketplace. The space was vacated by the bankrupted Borders bookstore earlier this year
Direct competitors of Ross include Marhall's and TJ Maxx, both of which also operate stores in Primrose.
Currently, the nearest Ross locations are Tulsa, OK and Rogers AR. The company operates nearly 1,000 stores nationwide, with a heavy concentration in the southern and western states.
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