Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Why not HEB?
There's a lot of competition in the grocery market in Dallas. Dallas-Fort Worth is Walmart's #1 market with over 130 stores. In the San Antonio area, (where HEB is HQ'd and where it is #1 in their market) there's not even 40 Walmart stores. HEB just can't come in and build stores. Walmart is going to fight them tooth and nail. That's not including Kroger, Albertsons/Tom Thumb, etc. These grocery chains already have a leg up on HEB. It would take them a long time for them to make an impact on grocery chains that are well established.
They're being smart by expanding what works and not building a lot of stores that could potentially fail due to strong comepetion.
Mind you, Walmart is continuing to invest in their stores. They are renovating and building new stores all over the Metroplex. Walmart is literally building Neighborhood Markets down the street from their Supercenters to squash competition. Albertsons/Tom Thumb has opened newer stores in strategic locations and have more planned or under constrution. Discount grocer Aldi, announced plans to renovate and build new stores as well. Kroger lowered their prices again to attract more budget conscious shoppers. I honestly don't see them entering the market no time soon.