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The Denver Post reports on the opening of a new Walmart store in Thornton, Colorado - a 4,000 square foot unit described as "one part convenience store, one part gas station and one part physical bet on the booming market for online grocery shopping

"In addition to gas pumps and your typical convenience store fare — hot coffee, cold soda and snacks galore — at Walmart prices, Walmart Pickup with Fuel is home to a dedicated drive-through for picking up grocery orders placed through Walmart’s online grocery service."

The story notes that the Thornton store is just the second of the format to be opened; the first has been operating in Huntsville, Alabama, since spring.
KC's View:
I'm intrigued. This is the kind of store that companies have to test and play with, just to see what consumers want. Some will succeed. All will teach retailers something.