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The Arizona Daily Star writes that local residents should “expect to see more and more Walmarts in town as the discount retailer makes a push into the Tucson market with a smaller store that will slide right underneath the city's big-box ordinance. First on the list is a 91,000-square-foot store at the southeast corner of Golf Links and Houghton ... The store would be about half the size of one of the company's traditional supercenters.”

• Walmart said that it will launch a new technology support service designed to compete with Best Buy’s Geek Squad. helping consumers to set up consumer electronics products in their homes and also providing service options.

According to the Reuters story, “shoppers can buy service plans on a prepaid card ranging from $99 to $339. The service spans help with basic television installation on the low end to setting up a home theater, wireless router network or a home office computer network. The service includes a preliminary consultation and a tutorial after installation is completed.”
KC's View:
What I’m waiting for is the moment that Walmart announces that it is opening a support service for people who buy good products in its stores - sort of an Apple genius bar for groceries. Just wait...there is a better than 50/50 chance that the Bentonville Behemoth is trying to figure out how to make it work. If it were to launch such an initiative, i would be a game changer in the food biz.