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CityWire writes that the new Walmart To Go convenience store that has been opened in Bentonville, Arkansas, reflects the company's determination "to win more than the 10% marketshare it has for the quick-trip spending consumers do mid-week or when they are crunched for time."

In terms of logistics, the story says, the c-store is "tethered" to Store # 100, the supercenter across the street, "in that all products going into the convenience format" are coming from the larger store, with restocking taking place between 10 pm and 5 am.

As for prices - the story says that on a list of standard, often-used items, prices were exactly the same at the supercenter, the c-store and a nearby Walmart neighborhood Market.

• The New York Times reports that "Walmart plans to make a pointed, aggressive play for outdoor and garden business this spring for the first time, offering 'Black Friday-like prices' on more than 60 items, including a Kingsford Charcoal Grill for $88, bags of mulch for $1.97 each and a seven-piece patio furniture set for $298 — a discount of $100."

The reason? "After an exceptionally rough winter, this spring’s selling season is likely to get an additional boost because a long parade of storms has probably left many homes and gardens in extra need of repairs."
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