Walmart market in the works for Hudson

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Hudson may soon be getting a Walmart Neighborhood Market, a smaller, grocery-focused store from the company better known for its sprawling superstores.

The 42,000-square-foot store will be on a 9.5-acre lot behind the Burger King that is at 2804 Hickory Blvd., across from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, said John Pilkenton, the Hudson town planner. He said he does not know when construction may start, but he thinks it may begin fairly soon.

Barry Bush, who is handling the deal for property owner J.C. Faw of Wilkesboro, declined to comment on the plans for the property.

Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market stores average about 38,000 square feet and typically carry fresh produce, meat and dairy products, bakery and deli items, as well as household supplies, health and beauty aids, and have a pharmacy. The company plans this year to open as many as 300 Neighborhood Market and Walmart Express stores, a similar, smaller grocery store.

The company has been planning them for areas that can't support a Walmart Supercenter, which average around 182,000 square feet, and to compete with grocery stores, dollar stores and drug stores.