Grocery Competition Heats Up; Super-sized store set for southeast
(Source: Calgary Herald)
Retail giant Wal-Mart is planning its first Supercentre format for Calgary at the Deerfoot Meadows shopping complex.
An official with the company confirmed Monday the store will be about 185,000 square feet and will include a full grocery component. Construction will start soon, with a planned opening in early 2010. This will be the ninth Wal-Mart in Calgary.
“It is what we have been trying to do in many markets — introduce a modern format Wal-Mart that is more relevant to today’s customer,” said Kevin Groh, director of corporate affairs for Wal-Mart Canada.
“What we know is that customers want one-stop shopping and they want the best prices, and to us that means they want Wal-Mart Supercentres. So we’re in the process in various markets of bringing the modern format Supercentre in with new stores, but also by expanding or renovating existing stores. We do plan to open or expand in various locations to bring our modern store to Calgary.
“The first step will be Deerfoot Meadows.”
Read Mario Toneguzzi’s fuller article “Mammoth Wal-Mart coming to Calgary” in the Calgary Herald (April 14, 2009).