Wal-Mart continues college campus growth plan

Bentonville, Ark. -- Wal-Mart said it will open two additional college campus locations, nearly two years after make its university debut at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

According to a Monday report by the Wall Street Journal, which cited Inside Higher Ed, the retailer will open a 5,000-sq.-ft. store at Arizona State University in Phoenix next month, and will open in Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus later this year.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Delia Garcia told WSJ that its university stores would be “tailored to the on-campus customer, providing general merchandise, convenience items [and] pharmacy services.” Garcia said that the company is still testing this business model, and that no new locations are scheduled beyond Georgia Tech.

No text books will be sold at the campus stores, according to Wal-Mart, so as not to compete directly with college bookstores.


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