Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart’s current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters to more urban areas. That means less heads of lettuce and more pre-made salads.
NPR focused on the percentage of three city populations that are near a Wal-Mart:
An NPR analysis found that in 2005, none of Washington’s 600,000 residents were within 1 mile of a Wal-Mart store. Today, almost 13 percent are. Chicago has experienced an even more dramatic transition. In 2005, only one-half of 1 percent of the city’s 2.7 million residents lived within 1 mile of a Wal-Mart. Today, more than 22 percent do. (All estimates are based on 2010 U.S. Census population numbers.)