Wal-Mart Going Small in Small-Town Arkansas

by Marty Cook  on Monday, Jun. 1, 2015 12:00 am   6 min read

Prairie Grove Mayor Sonny Hudson said sales tax revenue has risen since Wal-Mart Stores opened a 14,000-SF Walmart Express in the town, and now other businesses are interested in moving into the area. (Beth Hall)

When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville announced a few years ago it planned to open a prototype 13,700-SF Express store in Gentry, Mayor Kevin Johnston said concerned citizens feared that the coming of the retail giant would crush competitive commerce in the city. Johnston said there were town meetings with small-business leaders to discuss the situation.

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