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CityWire reports that Walmart opened its "Walmart To Go" convenience store concept quietly over the weekend, describing it as "a hybrid format — part traditional convenience store, part grocery, part quick serve restaurant. Walmart partnered with Bentonville Butcher & Deli, one of the more popular names around in terms of quality meat, to operate a quick serve meat counter in the back of the store. Fresh deli sandwiches or hot barbecue brisket, ribs, smoked chicken and traditional sides were available by the plate or by the pound."

In addition to selling pizza, sandwiches, smoothies and doughnuts, the store also features a mini grocery that "includes five wide aisles that contain hundreds of packaged foods and non-edible items from breakfast cereals to dog food and diapers."

The store also "features six gas pumps out front with a covered awning that sports the Walmart sunburst on the underside. One unusual feature is a large awning that connects the pump area to the front door. Ice, Blue Rhino propane and Red Box are all positioned outside the store under awnings. There is a picnic area outdoors to seat those wanting to eat onsite."
KC's View:
As I've said here before, the consistent problem that I've seen in many of Walmart's small store efforts is a lack of specificity - they seem to be cobbled together by committee and don't represent any sort of vision of what a small store should be. Maybe that's a problem being solved by Walmart To Go … but I need to be convinced.