Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Walmart Will Close Another Metro Market

Photo of the closing Walmart Neighborhood Market courtesy of NorthFulton.com
Retailer announces closure of Alpharetta store.

For the second consecutive month and third time this year, Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walmart is closing a metro Atlanta Walmart Neighborhood Market store.  

Walmart announced this past Friday that the company plans to close their Neighborhood Market store in Alpharetta Crossing shopping center no later than May 7th.  The 46,000 square foot store at the corner of Haynes Bridge Road and Old Milton Parkway opened in fall 2012.  The store employs about 70 people.  Walmart is trying to find positions in nearby locations for those wishing to remain with the company.  

News of the store's closure was first reported by NorthFulton.com.

"The decision comes after a careful review process, including financial performance and strategic alignment with long-term plans," said Phillip Keane, director of communications for Walmart’s East Coast Division.  

The market’s pharmacy will be open at least through the end of April, Keane said, and staff will work with customers to assist with transferring prescriptions. 

The company operates two Walmart Supercenters in Alpharetta, one at 5200 Windward Parkway, the other at 5455 Atlanta Highway.  Walmart plans to open a new Supercenter  on the north side of Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369) just west of GA 400 in Cumming, later this fall.  The store, which was first proposed around 2007, broke ground last year and was previously expected to open next month.

Overall, the company operates more than 200 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs in Georgia.

Walmart closed their Neighborhood Market on Highway 92, just west of the Roswell city limits, earlier this month after less than four years in business. The Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Bellemeade shopping center on Powder Springs Road in Marietta closed in February. 

There is speculation the company will continue to close additional Neighborhood Market stores both locally and nationwide in the coming months.  

Are you surprised Walmart continues to close Neighborhood Market stores?  Which local Neighborhood Market store do you think the retailer will close next?  What would you like to see open in place of the Neighborhood Market in Alpharetta?

Please share your thoughts below.  

8 comments:

Jay said...

I'm not a Wal-Mart shopper, so I may not "understand" the Neighborhood Market Concept, but this surprises me. I would think plenty of Wal-Mart shoppers would enjoy a store where they can easily do their grocery shopping instead of a gigantic store where they have to navigate through clothing, toys, etc. I wonder why the concept is having such issues.

ImAndy said...

Very poorly managed, unskilled miserable employees, out of stock issues, lack of any fresh produce or meat options, and poor HVAC engineering making it too cold for shoppers to shop. Every one Ive ever been in is exactly the same and is easy to see why they are failing.

vespajet said...

I'm not surprised by this at all. If you look at the Neighborhood Market locations they've closed, all have been in locations that other chains closed years earlier. Those locations either sat empty or had a number of short-term tenants.

Atlanta Tech said...

Instead of Walmart I wish they will open Kroger. I prefer to shop in Kroger for grocerries

Brionna Richards said...

North Fulton is a Target, Whole Foods type of market

RayAtL said...

I stopped in there location and Chamblee for the first time this week and found it quite dismal overall ... low lighting, things seemed unkept and there are only 'self' checkout stands which were challenging for a handicap person I noticed ... it seems like the company is intent on letting these locations die ...

Disneypal said...

I am surprised that so many Neighborhood Markets have closed. I think that having just the "grocery store part" of the Walmart in its own location is a great idea. It is a shame to see so many closing.

Anonymous said...

I wish to putt in a in8les. They have some bes donutts and the chicken too. Sale on chips toyliette papers cerel and more. Always loke thise in8les.