“Walmart Neighborhood Markets,” an evolution of Walmart’s overall retail strategy recently spreading across this state and nationwide, will soon be coming to Woodland according to reliable sources.

Long famous for its huge mega-stores often located along urban sprawl-lines, Walmart has now realized that another distinctive retail opportunity exists in locating much smaller stores (averaging about 40,000 sq. ft.) within older, fully urbanized zones.

These smaller “Neighborhood Market” stores emphasize groceries and various, specialized lines of convenience oriented merchandise.

Apparently, Woodland will soon receive a — double-dose — of this “Walmart Neighborhood Market” expansion, with new stores opening at the vacant, former site of the Rite Aid store within Shade Tree Plaza (central Woodland), as well as within a portion of the vacant, former site of Mervyns at County Fair Mall (southeastern Woodland).