Report: Walmart Testing Small Format Sam’s Club Store

Walmart is testing a smaller format retail concept from its Sam’s Club division, according to a recent report in the Dallas Morning News.

The store, located in the Lower Greenville, Dallas, area, will open this fall in a 32,000-square-foot building, which had previously housed a Walmart Neighborhood Market for a short time. Walmart had previously tried a small store push with its Walmart Express format, which it shuttered in 2016.

The new, smaller format will feature a more technology-driven shopping experience and groceries under the Sam’s Club banner. A regular Sam’s Club is said to range from around 100,000 to 150,000 square feet.

The urban and neighborhood oriented store will have about 1,000 to 2,000 items versus 6,000 in a regular Sam’s Club. It will focus more on convenience items, fresh foods and grab-and-go meals, the report said.

The new store will be member exclusive and shoppers will be able to use the retailer’s Scan & Go self-checkout system powered by smartphones that Sam’s Club added to stores in 2016. The report noted that it will also be the first Sam’s Club with digital price tags on shelves. The store will also offer same-day pickup and delivery options, faster membership signup and returns.