By Emile Hallez
A Walmart grocery store is scheduled to open next fall at the former SmartCo Foods location at 3615 W. Bowles Ave.
Walmart, which purchased the 43,700-square-foot building for $2.9 million in May, plans to hire 95 workers for the “neighborhood market” store, a new format being introduced in Colorado.
“The neighborhood market format is designed for quick and convenient shopping for customers. It is a smaller footprint,” said Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia. “It’s primarily groceries, fresh fruit, meat, dairy … deli foods (and) a bakery.”
The store is slated to open in September 2012, and the company plans to hire workers beginning in June, Garcia said.
The new neighborhood market format is similar to the one that was offered by SmartCo Foods, which opened on Aug. 4, 2010, only to announce its closing three months later.
Walmart currently operates a large “supercenter” at 7700 W. Quincy Ave. The big-box retailer has 60 other such centers in the state. Worldwide, Walmart operates 9,600 stores in 28 countries.