Walmart to open mini-store on Georgia Tech campus

Walmart is going back to school in Atlanta.

The retailer plans to open a miniature version of its typical store on the Georgia Tech campus in the second quarter of this year, the company said.

It will be Walmart’s smallest store in the U.S.

The Walmart on Campus concept is a test format that focuses on pharmacy, basic grocery, health and beauty aids and general merchandise products, said Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs for Walmart.

The Georgia Tech outlet will be 2,500 square feet. Walmart Neighborhood Markets average 40,000 square feet and Walmart Express stores average about 15,000 square feet.

Georgia Tech will be Walmart’s second college campus location. The first, at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., opened in 2011.

In addition to the limited mix of goods that will be available at the store, Walmart will also offer check cashing and bill paying services.

“We have become more flexible in our approach, and at the end of the day want the store size and merchandise mix to be a reflection of the community,” Restivo said.

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so you know

January 16th, 2013
12:09 pm

Mike Duke, Wal Mart CEO, is a native of Fayette County, GA, and a GT alumnus. So it makes sense


January 16th, 2013
4:27 pm

Wish they would have done that at Southern Tech while I was there! They tried to put in a mandatory prepaid meal plan and like to started WW3 on campus (So much negative feedback, they shot down the idea). Students everywhere eat on the cheap, doesn’t matter whose campus it is.

Heck, I knew a guy that learned to like Ramen and mustard. Does anyone think GA Tech students could carry a full, or even part-time job and keep up with those kind of studies? If Wal Mart can provide some cheap eats for students, more power to them. Plus, some walking distance part-time work for the diligent, or the desperate student. I’ll call: Good Decision.


January 16th, 2013
7:03 pm

I hope they sell guns for the students. Every year students at Tech get mugged and robbed by the thugs that live near the campus.


January 16th, 2013
8:14 pm

Bad idea Sam. There was a sociology teacher there who was a psychopath on the level of Ted Kaczynski and everybody dropped the class. The entire class dropped it.

Really shouldn’t encourage the ability of youths to take out what they think of as the next unabomber.

It’s just a VERY BAD idea. And the money could be better used. We’ve had principle’s taken out by a nail-file by some kid losing his temper, after all.


January 16th, 2013
8:16 pm

“…students at Tech get mugged and robbed by the thugs that live near the campus.”

Not to mention the possibility of getting mugged and robbed in the Walmart parking lot.


January 16th, 2013
8:57 pm

GA Tech police are the best of any campus I’ve ever set foot on. Been a long, long time – I’d hope they’d have kept up that community. Kids go looking for drugs and find trouble is the reality. Legalizing weed might mitigate that.

Nobody just up and kills the best and brightest, even thugs – they might need them later. Except for maybe Aaron Swartz, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz prosecuted this guy so hard he killed himself. With a rope.

In NY my Aunt carries $20 in a sock just for a robbery. Because anything less might make the robber mad enough to shoot a person. Of course, that’s New York, and that reality.