Walmart Strikes Again With A New Attempt To Further Destroy Small Businesses

walmart-express-chicagoWalmart is a bit of an enigma, isn’t it?  I rarely meet anyone who enjoys shopping there, and the company itself has an atrocious PR imagine, yet it still manages to be an absolute corporate powerhouse.

But when it comes to Walmart, most of us picture their massive 24-hour “supercenters” that sell everything from groceries to semi-automatic rifles and even swimming pools.

Heck, in many of them you can even do your banking, get your haircut, and buy a Subway sandwich for lunch.

But one of the biggest drawbacks to these supercenters is their size.  Most people don’t just “pop in” to a Walmart.  If you happen to need 2 or 3 items that might be on opposite ends of the store, you’re probably going to end up walking nearly a half mile before you get back to your car.

Which is one of the main factors leading to a continuing decline in sales.

Only this decline in sales isn’t actually threatening to bring down Walmart as the unheralded retail leader.

Oh, no.

It’s actually created an entirely new beast altogether.

See, what Walmart is doing now (in addition to their multitude of supercenters) is building smaller versions of Walmart.

The Walmart Neighborhood Market isn’t all that uncommon, at least not here in Texas.  It’s essentially just a version of Walmart that mainly focuses on groceries. Amid Walmart’s declining overall sales, these locations have actually shown rising earnings.

Another new layout they’re rolling out is called Walmart Express.  It’s smaller than the Walmart Neighborhood stories, basically the size of a CVS pharmacy.  They’re referring to these as their “small-footprint” retail stores.  Here in DFW we’re actually getting Texas’ first one in the town of Palmer.  A tiny town about 25 miles south of downtown Dallas.

Oh, but Walmart hasn’t stopped there.

They’re also testing out a store called Walmart To-Go.  A store that’s described as an upscale version of your local convenience store.  Right now they only have one of these types of stores, near their home office in Bentonville, Arkansas.

So, soon it might be theoretically possible that your neighborhood might have a giant Walmart Supercenter, a smaller Walmart Neighborhood Market, a CVS pharmacy-sized Walmart Express and a Walmart To-Go convenience store.

In places where it wasn’t economically feasible to build one of their giant supercenters – towns where small businesses often thrive – they can now build these trimmed down versions of Walmart to really hurt just about every small business in any town where they feel like opening shop.

But it’s not just local businesses in small towns that will be hurt by these stores.  Companies like Walgreens and CVS will also be hindered as Walmart is now venturing into their realm of retail sales and will almost certainly deal a blow to their revenue.

Not to mention many convenient stores are operated by local business owners, who undoubtedly won’t be able to compete with a scaled-down Walmart next door directly competing with their store.

Because whether it’s a national company like CVS, your local small town grocery store or that corner gas station owned and operated by a member of your community, none of them will be able to undercut Walmart’s prices.

And as much as people will say they’ll be loyal to small businesses, it’s indisputable that revenue will be drastically impacted by these new Walmart brands.

At some point enough has got to be enough, right?

I fully believe if Walmart had its way, it would try to put just about every single potential competitor it possibly could out of business.

And with these latest moves, that seems to be exactly what they’re trying to do.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Gayle L Geisendorff

    talk about greed

  • wheldon rumproast

    Don’t shop there.

  • Jake Decker

    Their prices really aren’t that low. We spend around $50-$60 a week on groceries at our local Aldi. Before we started shopping at Aldi we would be spending $100+a week on groceries at Wal-Mart.

    • Mark Strange

      Cheaper then then ma and pa grocery stores at least around here.

      • Dave

        Until you add in all the subsidies from your taxes that go to that WalFart.

    • Stephen Barlow

      I get better produce @ Safeway for the same $. The last thing I bought @ Walmart was a knockdown cabinet a year ago.

    • Cynthia Joy Finnegan

      The only thing I miss about living in Kentucky is shopping at Aldi.

    • John Brown

      Tell their Savings Catcher that. I wonder how much money they’re losing with giving away gift cards if their items are found cheaper in somewhere else’s ads

  • Pipercat

    I wonder if these mini-me’s might actually put stress on their bigger stores. This is borne out by Walmart getting it’s ass kicked by Dollar stores and the two generals.

  • Mark Strange

    There is one local small town that has interest to me, that could benefit tremendously from Wal-Mart. It’s almost a ghost town, has no club for kids, has no movie theater, it has nothing to bring tourist or shoppers from out side of town. The town over said yes to walmart and everyone goes there, leaving this particular town in the dust. The water is bad, the roads are bad and it’s all thanks to it being so damned poor, it’s sad really. Ma and Pa stores can’t thrive anyway if no one is interested in your location. Just another perspective.

    • Fred Fox River

      Hmmm…….Why live there?

      • Avatar

        Have you ever lived in town with less than 1,000 people? Obviously not.

      • Mark Strange

        Do you really think people are just in the position to just up and leave any time they want? Seriously dumb statement.

    • mms

      This might be an idea. In the past, cities that were on the way down made it easy for Artists to move in and build it up. I am not kidding. Make the property inexpensive, welcome them in and you might wind up with another Hoboken.

      Just thinking. Sometimes approaching a problem from another angle helps.

      • OldFogeyNY

        Have you seen real estate prices in Hoboken lately? They are forcing out the Artists who originally moved there to get away from unaffordable prices in NYC.

        I know this post is about Walmart being the evil empire. But unless and until we get a Congress that looks beyond its largest campaign contributors and recognizes the interconnection of all economic activity, the evil empire will always win. Those of us who care, which includes all who post here, just can’t buy enough votes to change the outcome.

  • Eg Kbbs

    A CVS – sized convenience store. Wouldn’t that be a CVS ?

  • jchastn

    Haven’t been inside a WalMart in a decade. Wont shop there. Never.

    • Rhonda Thissen

      Right on!

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  • Tina Martin

    Our town of approx. 2,500 will be getting a Walmart Express sometime next year 🙁
    We do have many small, thriving business that I worry about. Sadly, our town leaders didn’t give us a chance to vote on this. I guess they think is will help our town’s revenue, but I don’t think they put much thought on how much these new pop up store’s items can actually be taxed. (I think I worded that correctly)

    • John Masters

      They all think, in small towns, that it somehow adds jobs and increases tax revenues, but it doesn’t. It actually lowers overall tax revenues. In most places, tax revenue is a sales tax. Net new jobs are created only for a short period, and then, as other businesses are closed, those jobs go away, and are migrated to the minimum-wage, parttime, not benefits jobs at the Walmart. People in the town now earn less, even if they don’t work at Walmart, since they drive down the overall wage rate (I’m speaking in broad terms here), so they have less to spend. Thus, tax revenues actually go down.

      Not to mention, in most places Walmart negotiates sweetheart deals on property tax rates for their stores.

  • Jillz

    As long as people continue to shop at Walmart, they will continue to expand into new markets and re-position in the markets they already have – like any business would.

    If you don’t like Walmart and you want them to go away – stop shopping there.

    I stopped shopping there years ago after I found out that they hired workers on a part time basis to avoid having to provide benefits. It’s also not that easy to find North American made products there, which is important to me.

    • Julie

      Did you hear this from a Wal-Mart Empoyee or did you hear this on the news?

      • Jillz

        I heard it from an employee who was in their Management trainee program (in 1993). I’ve been hesitant to shop there ever since and stopped shopping there almost completely in the past few years since I started hearing (on the news) how much worse they treat their American employees (I will occasionally shop there out of desperation – for instance, when I can’t find the product I’m looking for anywhere else).

    • iowasteve

      Let’s think about this for a minute – how many retailers and grocery stores for that matter hire full time workers in the first place? Not very many. And there are more full-time employees at Walmart than at ANY fast food restaurants (if youc an call them that). After your probationary period – part-time employees at Walmart do qualify for benefits as well. It still amazes me how the republicans are constantly complaining about government getting involved with businesses and how wonderful things would be to just let free enterprise work – unless it is Walmart. Then it becomes the attack time. Someone mentioned north american products at walmart – other than their “private label products” walmart sells the exact same products as any other department stores in the country. That doens’t make sense to single one store out of the all of them. Target has their own private label items which I’m sure are NOT made here. In fact, what actually IS made here that sells big in department stores? Not very damn much – and who’s fault is that? The same GOP group that believes paying companies tax money and giving them tax breaks to move out of the country! The complaining is usually from the very same people responsible for the cause of their complaints! This needs to stop! The enemy isn’t walmart – it’s the GOP. If you want walmart to pay more to their employees – or any other company for that matter. Actually, for those who live near a Kroger or Publix – both pay less the Walmart coming into the door. Now, if you wanna force those companies to pay more to their employees and maybe hire more full-timers, the solution is staring you in the face. They are not likely to interfere with their profits. As long as they have huge profits for their upper management and stockholders – things will not change. You can count on it. Right now they keep the majority of their profits because they are using HUGE tax loopholes to keep more money for profit than paying their fair share of taxes. Stop the loopholes. That will help greatly. Then change the “loopholes” to provide larger tax breaks for the money they pay out to their employees under a certain pay scale and reduce the tax breaks as the salary increases. This will have a direct impact on making them pay higher eages to their lowest paid employees and reducing the number of raises for the highest paid employees. Cap the bonus structure for the CEOs or they pay a penalty over a certain bonus amount. Or better yet, tax the company for bonuses in general. Give extra tax breaks based on the ratio of part time to full time employees. Those things will reduce the tax loopholes and increase the incentive for the large businesses to pay their employees more – including fast food restaurants. It will also increase the number of full time employees. The end result will also be more tax dollars collected for the federal budget. States could follow suit, but probably won’t because they are giving them HUGE tax breaks just to move into their states. Which is funny because the states give tax breaks to get companies to move into the state and then their federal congressmen are giving them bigger tax breaks to move out of the country all together. Ironic isn’t it?

  • Kathy Glaser

    I still won’t shop at any of the Wal-Mart incarnations.

  • Stephen Barlow

    All three are great ideas, but do they pay living wages?

  • Jim Bean

    WalMart, more than anyone else, enables people to enjoy the highest standard of living their incomes will allow. They are such despicable beasts.

  • mms

    Too many sheeple, not enough brain activity. The majority of people won’t think beyond a foot in front of them. This conglomerate is sucking the competitiveness out of our economy. Without competition, everything will just wind up being the same. No competition for good employees, no wages going up, no quality, everything made in Asia.

    That’s all folks…..

  • Matthew Reece

    If all property were private property and no property owner in a certain area would sell or rent their land to Walmart, then Walmart could not come to that area.

  • emissouri

    Ok, this is not PC here, I understand. We live in a college town and I found one of these down on campus. There are probably 20,000 students trapped in a food and shopping for “stuff” desert. I did a quick walk through and the prices looked about the same as Wal-Mart in the outside world. I thought it was a good idea for the college student setting. I am not pro-Wal Mart, but I am pro-my economy and I simply cannot afford the ma and pa stores—frankly, it is only just smaller corporate stores around here anyway — town of 100,000 in the Midwest. Of course, I do think some of them treat their employees better and that is worth considering.

  • Dave

    NO NO NO!!!!!!!!

  • JonesRobynj

    If people know what’s good for them, they will find an alternative to Walmart. There are other stores that have a longer life than these new scaled down versions. We spend most of our money locally. I’ve cut my visits to walmart down to once or twice a month. I am shopping elsewhere more and more.
    Walmart is trying their best to be a monopoly company.

  • Terryl

    They are Building one of these in Harker Heights, Texas. It is almost finished. In the Small town of Harker Heights there is a Sam’s Club, a Walmart Supercenter and now one of these on the way. It is ridiculous.

  • Terryl

    Oh, and Wal-Mart is also getting in to the healthcare business. They will be opening urgent care clinics? Coming soon to a town near you.

  • WhoOwnsYou?

    I, for one, love Wal-Mart. So convenient.

  • Gregory D Allen

    Perhaps the attempt is to make money, and not “further destroy small business”.

    Attempt To Further Destroy Small Businesses

  • Julie

    I love how all of you guys are dissing Wal-Mart! NOT everyone Wal-Mart is a bad one. I will admit I have walked into some Wal-Mart’s and their are very rude employees. I for one work at at Wal-Mart as for me I treat everyone of my customers like they are family. The one I work at we all are a big family.A lot of what you guys are saying I can agree with you on, but you guys dissing Wal-Mart for whatever reason you may have was because of a bad experience.

  • Nick25

    You people are insane.