Saturday, February 18, 2006

Wal-Mart in Houston

I did not previously realize this, but the conversion from Discount Stores to Supercenters is very advanced in Houston.

There are currently only 7 Discount Stores within fifty miles of downtown Houston. (The Discount Stores are a dying breed!)

There are 39 Supercenters within fifty miles of downtown Houston.

On a store count basis, 72% of Wal-Mart's core stores (i.e. non-Sam's Club) in Houston are Supercenters.

On a square footage basis, 87% of Wal-Mart's core retail space (i.e. non-Sam's Club) in Houston is Supercenters.

Here is a link to a spreadsheet of Houston area stores.


6 Comments:

Anonymous martyr said...

Glad to see a post again...thanks!

February 20, 2006 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the other comment...glad to see the post!

Intesting thing about the Houston market is the vast diversity in it...You have everything from Wal-Mart, to H-E-B, to the independant Foodtown, to the independants that cater to differing ethnic groups...very challenging market...

Edward

February 21, 2006 6:02 AM  
Anonymous joe said...

This is happening in a lot of southern cities. For example, in Metro Birmingham there are around 15 stores. Only two of them are Discount Stores, and their supercenter replacements are either under construction or break ground this year! (I'd like to see some stats on the Dallas/FW market. There's over 100 stores in Metro Dallas!)

Also, I'd like to see some info on the mgmt shakeup that happened in Feb. I don't work for the company anymore, but they realigned most of their field managers (think regional VPs, district managers, divisional managers, etc)

February 28, 2006 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing I am curious to see is how they handle pricing? They proclaim to have the lowest of the low, but much of it is mainly due to hot retails on certain items, when you get to the specific category, they are actually higher than some other retailers that are in the market. I've always wondered if pricing was a nationalized or localized, and what drives the decisions they make...

Edward

March 01, 2006 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pricing is both national and local. they set some prices nationally (stuff in the ads), and some stuff regionally (so that all the stores in a local area have the same price) but each store has the authority to set prices on individual items based on the local competition. if a competitor locally has something cheaper, then the walmart store is to lower their price to meet or beat that price locally, but that price is not adjusted at any other store (unless they too have a competitor beating them on that product). Otherwise, all of the prices are set nationally. Grocery items are regionally priced (and most items are carried on a regional basis...you see Zeigler meats in Alabama stores, but not in California stores for example)

March 21, 2006 3:10 PM  
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