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Oct. 31, 2012

Walmart Takes Steps to Open Another Express Store In North Carolina

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Wal-Mart plans to open a Walmart Express store in Rolesville. The NewsObserver reports that the retailer is using North Carolina as a primary test market for its smaller store concept.

Wal-Mart is now in the process of acquiring a parcel of land at the corner of Rogers Road and Grand Rock Way. The company will then need to apply for a land reclassification and obtain a special-use permit for its new project. According to Thomas Lloyd, Rolesville’s planning director, the retailer is expected to submit more detailed architectural drawings within next week.

Walmart Express stores are generally less than one-tenth the size of the company’s typical retail centers, which can be 200,000 square feet or larger. The smaller stores employ between 20 and 25 people and offer a good variety of products at the same prices. The company has opened 10 Express stores so far, half of which are located in North Carolina.

In other news, Hampton Hotels has announced the official opening of its fourth property in Greensboro, the 109-room Hampton Inn & Suites Greensboro/Coliseum Area.

Located at 3033 High Point Road, the hotel is owned and operated by CN Hotels Inc.  Amenities include a free hot breakfast, a 24-hour business center and versatile meeting space for special events. Guests will also have access to a modern fitness center and an indoor saline pool.

The hotel is situated within walking distance of a number of popular attractions, such as the Four Seasons Mall, International Civil Rights Museum and Emerald Pointe Water Park. The property is also nearby NC A&T University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Koury Convention Center, Greensboro Coliseum and Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Hampton Hotels also announced it plans to open another seven properties in North Carolina, while more than 250 hotels are planned in the U.S.

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