Wal-Mart’s new c-store concept — heavy on foodservice — has opened for business in the company’s hometown of Bentonville, AR, and in Texas.
According to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the 2,500-square-foot building is the company’s latest fuel station and c-store concept. The Arkansas store — located in Rogers —is at the entrance of a Wal-Mart Supercenter and replaces a kiosk at the existing fuel station. The old kiosk was manned by an employee and offered a limited number of c-store staples like chips and soft drinks.
The new concept is much heavier on foodservice, including a hot food bar with paninis, nachos, hot dogs and sausages. Also included is a section with pre-made sandwiches and salads as well as a walk-in cooler with domestic, imported and craft beer.
According to the Democrat-Gazette, last year Wal-Mart began testing a concept called Wal-Mart Pickup and Fuel in Huntsville, AL, and Thornton, CO. This concept offers online grocery pickup as well as c-store selections.