Walmart opened its first Walmart Express store in Chicago on Wednesday. The smaller stores are a new concept from Walmart designed for urban areas. The Chicago Tribunereports that Walmart will open five of the Express stores in Chicago.
The stores range in size from 10,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet. The have a grocery deparment and pharmacy. A plus side of these new stores is that it will make fruits and vegetables easier to get in regions (known as urban food deserts) where they can be difficult to find. The stores will also create new jobs in these regions. Walmart has committed to open between 275 and 300 stores serving food deserts by the end of 2016.