Valley Biz Blog: Walmart Neighborhood Market building four RGV stores

Walmart Neighborhood Market off East Nolana Avenue in McAllen

Rio Grande Valley shoppers will soon have another option when buying groceries.

Walmart is opening four Neighborhood Markets in three cities.

Neighborhood Market is Walmart's version of a local neighborhood grocery store.

The four new stores will be the first ones in the Valley. All four of them are going up in Hidlago County.

A Walmart Neighborhood Market is currently under construction off West 18th Street and Texas Boulevard in Weslaco.

Another one off East Nolana Avenue and North McColl Street in McAlle is almost complete.

Company officials are planning open a third store off North 23rd Street and Dove Avenue in McAllen.

The City of MIssion is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for another one off Bryan Road and Business 83 on Wednesday.

The four stores are an interesting trend as Walmart Neighborhood Market attempts to enter the Valley.

Walmart launched its first Neighborhood Market back in 1998 but now has 340 of them across the United States.

The average Walmart Neighborhood Market employs 95 people and is measures about 38,000 square feet with a full grocery store and pharmacy.

It's not clear if anymore stores will be built after these four but company officials are constantly scouting for new locations.