|The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Sandy Springs Village|
Market to close after less than four years in business
The Walmart Neighborhood Market on Highway 92, just west of the Roswell city limits, is scheduled to close April 7th after less than four years in business. The market, which co-anchored the Sandy Plains Village shopping center, is located at the intersection of Highway 92 (Woodstock Road), Mabry Road and Sandy Plains Road in Cobb County. The approximately 60,000 square foot store opened in early November 2013 in place of a former Kroger store. A 12 screen Movie Tavern is the center's other co-anchor and opened in December 2013 in place of a former Stein Mart.
This marks the second Walmart Neighborhood Market store to close in the area in just the last 60 days. The Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Bellemeade shopping center on Powder Springs Road in Marietta closed in February. The store, which replaced what had most recently been a Food Depot grocery store, opened January 16, 2013. The Powder Springs Road store was about 41,400 square feet and more in line with the size of a typical Walmart Neighborhood Market store.
Less than two miles from the soon to close Neighborhood Market store, Target continues to operate a SuperTarget store with grocery offerings. Target closed their "Roswell East" SuperTarget store on Holcomb Bridge Road this past January.
Walmart continues to operate a number of other Neighborhood Market stores in the area including locations in the Olde Mill Shopping Center at Roswell and Old Canton Roads and also in the Blackwell Square Shopping Center at Canton and Blackwell Roads, both in East Cobb.
Last year, Walmart closed a total of 154 stores domestically including all 102 of its "Walmart Express" concept stores and 23 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores. The company has yet to make a formal announcement that I'm aware of about 2017 closures but in addition to the Marietta store, Walmart also closed locations in Charlotte, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Denver earlier this year. A second Denver area location is slated to close April 7th.
Are you surprised by the upcoming closing of this Walmart Neighborhood Market? What would you like to see open in place of this Walmart Neighborhood Market? Do you think Walmart could improve their Neighborhood Market concept or is it as good as it's gonna get?
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