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In Tampa, Florida, Wal-Mart has opened its first urban supercenter - a 99,000 sq. ft. prototype that features a somewhat edited SKU selection, the HBC department near the front door, and a dual-lane, drive-through pharmacy.

According to reports, the store has deeper, higher shelving that allows it to cram more merchandise into the smaller footprint.
KC's View:
It is a measure of the cynicism with which Wal-Mart is perceived by some people that one member of the MNB community sent us an email noting that, at 99,000 sq. ft., the store is smaller than the 100,000 sq. ft. that is usually used as the cutoff point in legislation banning "big box" stores.

Coincidence? At least one of our users thinks not.

At the very least, it is an interesting notion.