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Walmart Markets planned for Atlanta

Metro Atlanta is closer to getting two Walmart Market concepts, the first in the market, and more are in the pipeline according to an Aug. 1 article by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has filed plans for two Walmart Market stores, one in Snellville and the other in Marietta.

First opened in 1998, Walmart Market is a smaller store, about 42,000 s.f., compared to the 140,000-s.f.-plus Supercenters.

They are meant to be for “that fill-in shopping trip,” said Glen Wilkins, senior manager of public affairs for Wal-Mart, to the Chronicle.

For example, the proposed Snellville Walmart Market, at 2912 Main St., will have a drive-through pharmacy, deli and fresh foods departments, he said.

The concept is meant to expand Wal-Mart’s footprint in markets where it already has Supercenters, and the new Snellville store, which will be about 40,000 s.f., is just four miles from an existing Supercenter, Wilkins said.

The Marietta store, which will be around 41,000 s.f., is planned for 1167 Powder Springs Rd.

Both stores, which are currently in the rezoning process, are expected to begin construction in early 2012 and be open by third quarter 2012, he said.

The Marietta and Snellville Walmart Markets won’t be the only two here, as Wal-Mart has “more in the pipeline” for the Atlanta area, he added to the business publication.

Wal-Mart is also in the process of seeking rezoning for a new Supercenter in Stone Mountain, Wilkins said.

The 150,000-s.f. store is planned on a former Subaru dealership at Hairston Road and Memorial Drive.

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