Auburn residents were abuzz in January as another Walmart Neighborhood Market opened up in town just two weeks after the first one reached the city.
A grand opening ceremony took place on Wednesday, January 27 at the new store’s Shug Jordan Parkway location. Members of the Auburn High School JROTC and choir took part of the grand opening.
The new location is about two miles down the road from the Walmart Neighborhood Market on East University Drive that opened on January 13, 2016.
Neighborhood Markets Are Different from Larger Walmarts
Just like the East University Drive Walmart Neighborhood Market, this new Walmart features a drive-thru pharmacy and specialty departments like a full-service deli, in-store bakery, and gas station.
The neighborhood markets have been appearing in communities across the United States for the past several years. They are larger than Walmart’s smallest stores (Wal-Mart Express) but smaller than the larger Walmart Supercenters.
The goal is to deliver the same Supercenter experience in a smaller format, with a similar pricing model using Walmart’s scale.
Walmart announced in January 2016 that it was ending its Walmart Express pilot project. Analysts expected that Walmart would focus instead on Neighborhood Markets, which have shown greater profitability and success than the smaller Express stores.
The neighborhood markets have generated positive comps for 19 consecutive quarters.
Walmart is also expected to focus more on e-commerce and now allows users to order groceries online before picking up those groceries in-store.
Open 24 Hours
The Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2047E University Dr. in Auburn, AL, is open 24 hours. However, the new store is expected to offer hours closer to Walmart’s standard opening times: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Now, those who lived in a previously under-served part of town can enjoy easy, nearby access to groceries. If you live near the University Drive location, then you can visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – which is a great benefit for night owls who like to stay up all night studying.
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