Tuesday, January 15, 2008

WalMart’s MarketSide convenience stores coming to Phoenix

According to the Natural~Specialty Foods Memo (and later picked up by AZCentral.com), WalMart is poised to open 4 new convenience stores in the Valley, under the name of MarketSide, as part of its new plan to continue its growth and dominance in the food-retail industry.

The sites will be former drug stores that were closed when CVS/Pharmacy purchased Osco stores in 2006. Each store will be approximately 20,000 square feet – about half the size of their smaller, Neighborhood Market stores, and about 1/10th the size of their Supercenters.

The MarketSide Store locations will be:

Mesa: 7561 E Baseline Rd

Gilbert: 910 E Elliott Rd

Chandler: 950 N McQueen Rd

Tempe: 838 W Elliott Rd

Considering the Tesco chain of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets has just begun opening in the East Valley, it looks like the Phoenix area will be center stage for a convenience store revolution over the next few years. Gone are the days of seeing a 7-11 on every corner!

Your hoping they carry healthy food Realtor,

Chris Butterworth

[tags] WalMart, MarketSide, Tesco, Fresh & Easy, convenience store, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Fletcher Heights [/tags]