Walmart to transform supercenters into ‘town centers’

Walmart plans to lease underutilized land and parking acreage to restaurants, gyms and other businesses to create community centers built around its sprawling supercenters, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The announcement came at an International Council of Shopping Centers event in Atlanta.

Walmart’s “Town Center” concepts are planned for more than a dozen stores across the country in states like Washington, Missouri, California, Texas and Arkansas. Plans vary by location and include in-store dining, food halls and food trucks as well as green spaces, skateboard parks and other amusements aimed at drawing more shoppers and inviting them to stay for long periods of time. Shake Shack, Orange theory Fitness, Caribou Coffee and Pinstripes bowling lanes are a few of the companies Walmart has floated as partners.

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