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First suburban Walmart Neighborhood Market opens in Des Plaines

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  • Erika Stientjes of Des Plaines fills her cart on the opening day of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.

       Erika Stientjes of Des Plaines fills her cart on the opening day of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Sally Benson of Des Plaines begins shopping Wednesday on the first day of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.

       Sally Benson of Des Plaines begins shopping Wednesday on the first day of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Judy and Carlton Hibbert of Des Plaines sample cake provided by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group during the grand opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.

       Judy and Carlton Hibbert of Des Plaines sample cake provided by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group during the grand opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • From left, Des Plaines residents Maria Casas, 4-year-old Dana Casas, Susana Casas and 1-year-old Martha Casas sample cake provided by Gina Thunstedt, far right, of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, during the grand opening of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.

       From left, Des Plaines residents Maria Casas, 4-year-old Dana Casas, Susana Casas and 1-year-old Martha Casas sample cake provided by Gina Thunstedt, far right, of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, during the grand opening of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Dan Franks of Prairie Farms Dairy hands out free milk to Trish Brandenburg of Mount Prospect during the grand opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.

       Dan Franks of Prairie Farms Dairy hands out free milk to Trish Brandenburg of Mount Prospect during the grand opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Des Plaines.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The first Walmart Neighborhood Market in the suburbs is officially open for business.

The 24/7 grocery store opened Wednesday at 727 W. Golf Road, located within the Des Plaines Market Place shopping center. The 39,000-square-foot store -- about a fifth of the size of a typical Walmart Supercenter -- includes a bakery, deli, liquor department and pharmacy.

While the store may be the first Neighborhood Market in the suburbs, it's part of the national retail giant's plans to open some 270 to 300 similar stores nationwide this year, and another 400 next year.

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