New York City -- Wal-Mart will debut its Walmart Express format on June 8, in Gentry, Ark. The 15,000-sq-.ft.-store will sell many of the product categories that a traditional Walmart carries, from general merchandise to consumables. There is also a pharmacy. But it will have from 11,000 to 13,000 items, compared with the more than 100,000 items found in a typical supercenter.
A second Walmart Express is due to open next week, in Prairie Grove, Ark. It plans to open about 15 to 20 Walmart Express locations this year. The new format is aimed at rural and urban areas without nearby grocery stores.