Walmart's easy-in, easy-out shops neighborhoods of AmarilloWalmart's easy-in, easy-out shops neighborhoods of Amarillohttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=18882015-01-26T07:05:00Z2015-01-26T00:00:00Z

AMARILLO - The unveiling of one Walmart Neighborhood Market has debuted, with two encores slated this year.

Located at 2035 S.E. 34th Ave., the store will operate 24/7.

The 40,000-sf Neighborhood Market is Walmart’s smaller prototype when compared with the typical Walmart Supercenters of nearly 180,000 sf.

They’re designed, Store Manager George Wilthers said, to attract people who want an “easy-in, easy-out” shopping trip.

The store contains a pharmacy with drive-through access, and a fueling station is on premises.

Last month, a construction crew began building a Neighborhood Market at 7251 Arden Rd., where Arden meets South Coulter St.

“We are looking forward to a summer grand opening,” spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said. City of Amarillo building permit information estimates the construction value of the 46,500-sf project at slightly more than $5 million.

A Neighborhood Market for Southeast 58th Ave. and South Georgia St. also is on Walmart’s drawing board. Construction of that store could begin later this winter or in spring, Hatfield said.

Each store will employ nearly 100 in full- and part-time positions.

Walmart has also begun construction of a second Amarillo Sam’s location on I-40, west of Soncy Rd./Loop 335. It should open this fall, Hatfield said. The warehouse store will hire 175 associates.

City building permit data shows the construction value of the Sam’s project is roughly $14.7 million.

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