Walmart opens metro's first Neighborhood Markets

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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:00 am

Walmart opened two of its Neighborhood Market stores today at 7:30 a.m.-- one at 13105 Birch Drive in Omaha, the other at 2109 Towne Center Drive in Bellevue.

About 60 people attended the opening of the Omaha store, including Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle.

The Bellevue store was "really crowded," said Rick Steere, a vendor for local brands Pear's Coffee, Herman's Nuts and Maggie's Gourmet Popcorn.

"There must have been 80 to 100 people there," Steere said. "There were cheeleaders from Bellevue West High School, the mayor and city council members."

The retail giant plans to open another five stores in the next 12 months.

Bob and Lori Johnson compared prices at the new Birch Drive store.

"We came in to check out the store, " Lori Johnson said. "From what I've seen so far the prices are good. There's a lot of choices in this neighborhood – Hy-Vee, Bag N' Save, Target – with Walmart the world-wide giant it's going to be hard for them to compete."

Lydia Wetzstein left the new store with a bag of bagels.

"It's very convenient. I normally pick up things at Target, but this is a little faster getting in and out," said Wetzstein, who lives around the corner. "And they match coupons."

Video: One customer discusses what he liked about the new store

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