It's at 90th Avenue & Thomas in Phoenix - GO there!
Supermercado de Walmart draws crowds
by David Madrid - Jun. 13, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
Judging from the reactions of customers, the new Supermercado de Walmart, designed to serve the Hispanic community, is a popular addition to west Phoenix.
"The economy is bad, so this store opening now is very good, very good," said 58-year-old Salvador Navarro, an unemployed union carpenter with two children in high school.
"This is helping a lot, and it's very close to my house," the Phoenix resident said of the store near Thomas Road and 91st Avenue. The 39,000-square-foot store was a Walmart Neighborhood Market. The building was remodeled with a new layout and marketing concept.
Shoppers will find a wide assortment of tropical fruits and vegetables, a bakery with more than 40 traditional sweet breads and corn tortillas, and a meat department with specialty meats.
Jennifer Brito, 26, a single mother of two girls ages 1 and 4, said the store was unique and convenient. She shops at Walmart because of the low prices and because it matches ads from competitors, she said.
"This is different than what I've seen, especially in Walmart," she said. "It's right down the street from me. It's right down the street from my job. I'm going to be stopping in here regularly."
Joseph Aguayo, 31, a Phoenix resident with two children, said he located hard-to-find products at the Supermercado.
He said he liked that Walmart will spur competition in the area and keep grocery stores "honest."
"I like the carniceria, the fresh fruit, the vegetables, the different things that they have from Mexico that they don't (usually) have here," Aguayo said.
"They have a lot of stuff that is name-brand and has more recognition by Hispanic people."
The Phoenix store is the second Walmart of its kind in the country. The other is in Houston.