This morning Wal-Mart, Inc. officially opened the doors of its first four small-format Marketside grocery and fresh foods markets in the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan region cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa and Tempe.
Some of the stores, such as the Mesa unit (pictured above), had soft openings on Thursday and Friday. But today was the official grand opening for all four of the Marketside units. Grand opening activities began at 10am this morning at all four stores.
The Mesa store had many more shoppers (and curious grand opening lurkers as well) today than it has had in the two days of soft openings. That's largely do to the fact the official announcement of the Marketside stores opening was for today.
We will be bringing readers additional information about the Mesa Marketside store's grand opening, along with information about the others three stores' grand openings as well, later today and on Sunday.
Additionally, scroll down the blog and you will find additional recent stories about Marketside, along with links to past related pieces.
Reader Comments Open Thread
If you attended any of the four Wal-Mart Marketside store grand openings today, or have any general comments about the stores or the concept, please offer your comments and opinions using the "comments" link below. That's what we mean by the "open thread" part of the title at the top of this post. Reader input. It's your thread.