As promised, I stopped at the new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Rogers, AR on my way back to the airport yesterday to get a sneak peek at what our new Pullman Supercenter will look like. According to the Wal-Mart press release, the store opened on May 13, 2005 and was designed as a new prototype for Wal-Mart.
As you can see from the picture I took of the Rogers Supercenter and the plan for the Pullman Wal-Mart Supercenter below, they are exactly the same except for the Pullman Supercenter has a red gabled roof over the entrances.
The interior of the Rogers Supercenter is fabulous. The high ceiling, supported with exposed steel trusses, has large sun lights every 25-30 feet, giving the store a bright and airy feel. The floors are faux marble.
According to the Wal-Mart press release, the store has 36 general merchandise departments including apparel and accessories, fine jewelry, a lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids, and a full line of electronics (this was especially nice, about 10 times the selection of the Moscow Wal-Mart). In addition, the store offers a bakery, a delicatessen, a frozen food section and meat, dairy and fresh produce sections. It is open to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will include 14 full-service, 16 express and four self check-out lanes.
It was exciting to think we could have something this nice in Pullman in a year or so.
The Rogers Supercenter is part of a larger one million square foot retail development. I was green with envy.
There are now five Supercenters in the Bentonville/Rogers area. According to Chris Lupke, the area should be totally blighted, right? Wrong. Bentonville/Rogers is booming, and I mean BOOMING. I saw new construction on every corner. Meanwhile, the downtown area is still vibrant. It’s not blight the capitalist-hating, anti-growth socialists fear, but the new development they KNOW Wal-Mart will bring.
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