In a parking lot on Main Street in this nondescript town of 14,000, Crowley, Texas - Wal-Mart is testing out what it hopes could be its next small thing — a genuine convenience store.
It's one of two convenience stores Wal-Mart opened last month. The other is in Rogers, Ark., near Wal-Mart's Bentonville headquarters. Both stores are in the parking lots of Wal-Mart Supercenters. Wal-Mart continues to test small store formats even though it abandoned its 12,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Express stores last year.