USA: New store concept to revitalise city centre grocery shopping
Retail behemoth Wal-Mart is planning a fresh assault on city dwelling consumers with a new breed of grocery stores.
Dallas, Texas will see the first new "urban" discount store, built on two levels with an underground car park and escalators to the shopping aisles above.
"We are realising that in many places in the United States people are moving back into the cities," said a Wal-Mart spokesman: "This is part of our policy of getting as close as we can to customers."
Market watchers have suggested that this format could enable the group's UK subsidiary Asda to get round the UK planning restrictions that are making it harder to open large out-of-town supermarkets.
Wal-Mart's UK supermarket chain Asda has announced that it will switch 500,000 hens from battery cages into open barns by 1 May by changing the way in which it sources standard own label, fresh eggs....
Wal-Mart's UK supermarket chain Asda, is considering a bid for supermarket Somerfield, according to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper....
Wal-Mart Germany has cut prices of more than a thousand articles in its stores, some of them by over 20%....
Not content with pocketing one in every three pounds spent on groceries in the UK, the supermarket giant Tesco has now become the first British retailer to smash the £2 bn ($3.78bn) profit barrier. Ho...
US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc, says it will open two outlets in Beijing this year, and at least one more store next year, according to an Asia Pulse report....
UK Supermarkets import a much higher proportion of organic pork than is the case with conventional supplies, according to organic food lobby group the Soil Association....
Overall US produce sales are soaring, but supermarkets are still losing market share to Wal-Mart, according to government figures....
UK supermarket Sainsbury grew faster than Wal-Mart's Asda in the twelve weeks to 27 March 2005, the first time that has happened for ten years, according to figures from market researchers TNS....
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