Walmart is actively working and negotiating on approximately 17 grocery locations in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. Many of the "Neighborhood Market" locations have already been leased and/or purchased and Walmart is completing their due diligence before making any public announcements to avoid the inventible neighborhood resistance to the world's biggest retailer. Walmart has plans to open both suburban and urban stores that will be approximately 40,000 +/- square foot in size. The first grocery store will open along Highway 26 in the former Ashley Furniture store site at NW Cornell and 173rd in Beaverton. Many of the new store locations will be in closed grocery store sites that already allow the permitted use and thus, no neighborhood approval will be needed or asked. According to several local real estate sources Walmart has leased or purchased the following locations:
- Raleigh Hills: Ex-Zupan's@Beav.-Hillsdale Hwy & Apple Way
- Lake Grove: Ex-Whole Foods @Boones Ferry Rd & Jean Rd.
- West Linn: Ex-Lamb's Thriftway @ Hwy 43 & Hidden Valley
- Gresham: Ex-QFC @ 182nd & Powell
- Gresham: Ex-Food 4 Less @ Powell & Burnside
- Beaverton: Ex-Haggen's @ SW Murray & 147th
- Vancouver: Ex-Fred Meyer @ 4th Plain & Grand
- Vancouver: Ex-Winco @ Hwy 500 & Thurston Way
- Oregon City: Molalla Ave. & S. Beavercreek (land parcel)
- Salmon Creek: 134th & I-5 (land parcel)
- Tigard: SW Greenburg Rd. & Hwy 217
- Oak Grove: Ex-G.I. Joe's @ SE McLoughlin & Concord
Also rumored are negotiations for several close-in urban locations in north and southeast Portland...SE Belmont and North Williams...imagine those neighborhood meetings!
Is it a "Neighborhood Market" if it is based in Bentonville, Arkansas?