Supercenter Remains A Key Sales Driver


David Glass, former president and CEO of Walmart Inc. and now owner of the Kansas City Royals, said the Supercenter is the “best retail format around and still as relevant today” as it was when the first one opened 30 years ago.

In a recent interview with Talk Business & Politics, Glass said the Supercenter concept was modeled after French retailer Carrefour and Meijer, a Midwestern retailer. But Walmart also created a laboratory to study the giant box format in the mid-1980s with four Hyper-Mart locations, which operated under a separate division within Walmart.

Glass said the Hyper-Mart formats, which opened in Garland and Arlington, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; and Topeka, Kan., were massive boxes in excess of 225,000 square feet and proved challenging for the retailer, which had very little food retailing experience. The formats were expensive to run given the large refrigerated section, and even harder to staff.   MORE

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