Here's a look inside Wal-Mart's future

The company is making a big bet on its Neighborhood Market stores. These photos show what the fuss is all about.

By MSN Money Partner Aug 15, 2014 2:10PM
Credit: © Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Caption: Grocery items sit inside a cart at a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Va.By Ashley Lutz, Business Insider

Supercenters are on the decline as shoppers seek out smaller, more convenient stores.

Wal-Mart (WMTsaid this week that sales at U.S. mega-stores have been falling.

But there's still a bright spot in its business -- the Neighborhood Market concept. Sales at the markets were up an impressive 5.6 percent. 

"I think convenience is where the consumers have been looking, [especially] if you look at the Baby Boomers," Wal-Mart CFO Charles Holley said on a call with reporters Thursday.

Wal-Mart has about 400 Neighborhood Markets, compared with more than 3,300 Supercenters, notes Kyle Stock at Bloomberg Businessweek. The average store is about 20 percent the size of a Supercenter. 

Big box stores are becoming irrelevant as Americans downsize and purchase big-ticket items like furniture and televisions online. 

Wal-Mart's marketplace concept focuses heavily on fresh produce and groceries. While traditional Wal-Mart stores are situated on large patches of land, the Neighborhood Markets are primarily in urban areas. 

Wal-Mart shared some photos of its new concept. Chances are, one will be coming to a neighborhood near you in the future. 

Here's a Neighborhood Market in California. Note how the store closely resembles a Whole Foods Market:

Here's a more urban location, in Chicago:

The Neighborhood Market includes ample "healthy" displays.

There's also an emphasis on local and organic produce. 

Wal-Mart is expanding the concept to more markets. 

--Photos courtesy Wal-Mart

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Aug 15, 2014 5:25PM
The pictures look just like Wal-Mart, a lot of registers to check out but none of them are open!!!!
Aug 15, 2014 4:14PM
does not matter how much you polish a turd it's still a turd
Aug 15, 2014 2:37PM
Ahhhh yes.....
The new "business model" = Disguise itself enough
 to fool the people into thinking its NOT a Wal-Mart.
Aug 15, 2014 3:54PM
They are STILL just trying to corner the marketplace, as in "monopoly", and run all the mom & pops out. I STILL do not patronize them. They started out as a small store and it just wasn't enough for them. So every where around here (Wisconsin) Wal-mart built their Super Centers. Their "small" buildings would sit and fall apart and become an eyesore, because Wal mart put stipulations on anyone buying their old building.  It could not "compete" with them, ie: You could not turn it into ANY kind of store that would compete with them as in selling lingerie? NO. Selling tires? NO. Selling food of any way/shape/or form? NO. Clothing store? Forget about it.
Now Walmart wants to get back into the small store? I wouldn't let them if it was up to me! More cities should stand up to them and say the same thing.
Now, are the Super Centers going to downsize? Lower the number of employees? Cut jobs??
I'm sure my town will just jump for joy and allow that Walmart to build ANOTHER building in town, so when they abandon that, it can sit and become an eyesore. NOT!

Aug 15, 2014 6:46PM

I don't care for wal-mart and I don't shop there simple as that .

Aug 15, 2014 5:35PM
"Bigger is better" is a myth.  "Too big to fail" is a myth.  Our government is a stark and prime example of this.  The problem arises when they crash.  They create a vortex that sucks other businesses down with it.  When any enterprise becomes so big it can no longer be managed and operated effectively, efficiently and profitably it will implode.  And the bigger it is, the more damage it will do when it does!
Aug 15, 2014 10:05PM
Hillary was on board of directors. Whats that tell you Democrats? Your right, she is no Democrat! After all Billy gave us NAFTA just for Walmarts. Sold mom and pop down the river with the rest of America.
Aug 15, 2014 9:49PM
Walmart today is probably where K mart was in the 1980's.  And look what happened to K mart.  I see stores like Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Aldi, and Save-A-Lot as a real threat to Walmart.  No wonder they're making most of their profits nowadays on groceries.  But still, Neighborhood Market or not (no Neighborhood Markets in my part of Ohio yet), I still prefer a traditional supermarket for my grocery shopping over Walmart.  And the prices at a regular grocery store, when you take into account sales, double coupons, and loyalty card fuel perks, often beats Walmart on price.  And Walmart only sells prepackaged meat (which I don't care for, since sometimes preservatives are used), while most supermarkets' meat is cut and wrapped on the premises. 
Aug 15, 2014 2:23PM
STILL too big. When what ails you is-- Too Big, Too Dirty, Too Slummy, Too Crooked to Keep Your Money Local So It Can Help Communities and Not Take It OFFSHORE...
People worth attracting STILL won't shop there.
We'd be better off if 130 MILLION ordinary Americans had the inherited Walton wealth and his heirs went back to their trailer parks. 
Aug 15, 2014 8:16PM
those are pretty, neat, organized, clean, spiffy shots of the interior of Wally World Markets.....check back in about 3 months and snap some shots after the vermin and scuz of the earth have destroyed it........
Aug 16, 2014 12:02AM
My Walmart NEEDS to CHANGE!!!! It seems to CATER to the GHETTO,Wanna be THUG TRASH in the Area....
Aug 15, 2014 10:33PM
How about if people are finally starting to realize that mega centers such as Walmart are killing small business which is the heart of our country!
Aug 16, 2014 12:43AM
Too bad the under paid employees at WalMart are clueless morons.  I would never set foot in WalMArt anymore after what I have read about their treatment of people and how they tell employee to subsidise their income with Welfare.  So in turn, American tax payers are subsidising WalMart because they refuse to pay a livible wage, make everyone part time, and force suppliers into cheap labor countires.  Shame on WalMArt and anyone who shops there.
Aug 18, 2014 7:26AM

They should probably start actually hiring staff with an I.Q. higher than 70, who actually know how to work the registers as well. I went last week, and stood in the "express lane" The guy working it couldn't figure something out, so he called a coworker over, and they sat there for 20 mins. or so while they sat there trying to figure it out, and held up the line. I had already moved to the next line over, and guess what? The exact same thing happened, I looked over at the 3rd, same thing! 3 express lanes all held up because the cashiers were all absolute morons! I don't understand how all these workers think that they are entitled to raises up to 15 bucks an hour, when most of them can't even do their simple job in the first place! I got so fed up I left my cart with groceries in the line and walked out. I'm officially done for good shopping at walmart ever again! It's just not worth it!

Aug 15, 2014 7:25PM
The Neighborhood Markets have been around for years, but then they closed like half of them in my area saying they weren't making much money.  
Aug 15, 2014 4:46PM
Walmart mart stores seemed to be losing their credibility: Prices are relatively high on items that are  very inferior especially in clothes line etc and they are also hurt  by  their 'conventional wisdom'  of discontinuing to stock certain products because  the 'season is finished'.
You  may only save a few pennies shopping at their stores buying  these shoddy  and inferior products when you could have gone to another store  and paid a little more for items  of better value!!!!  Check it out !!!
Aug 17, 2014 1:00PM
When I want to go into a smaller store I don't want it to be a smaller wal-mart. Sometimes you want to go a store that isn't wal-mart.
Aug 15, 2014 9:57PM
Nothing will change there image. Once your labeled it sticks. Hope it goes the way of Montgomery Wards. Walmart sucks.
Aug 18, 2014 8:53AM
Wal-Mart should easily open up a new store in Ferguson Mo area as the local mud hutters have burned out most competition.
Aug 18, 2014 8:29AM

 I'm surprised the hood trash in Ferguson MO haven't looted their Wal-Mart yet. I guess their Chinese made crap isn't even good enough to steal. 

Update: They did loot the store of electronic merchandise.

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