What's The Difference Between Walmart And Walmart Neighborhood Market?

If you've ever looked at a map for your local grocery store, you've probably spotted your normal Walmart and another one listed as Walmart Neighborhood Market. You may have wondered what the Neighborhood Market was and just avoided it in favor of the one you're familiar with, however, it's definitely worth a look. 

It's no secret that Walmart is one of the biggest, most profitable corporations in the world, with 2.3 million employees and over $500 billion in annual revenue (via Walmart.com). But while all Walmarts seem the same, they aren't all alike — there are some distinctions between the big-box stores you find on the outskirts of suburbia and the smaller, neighborhood market-style locations you'll find in many communities across the country (and even outside of the United States). 

Walmart introduced Neighborhood Markets in 1998 and there are now approximately 300 of them nationwide. So, what exactly makes these two types of Walmarts different? And why would you shop at one over the other?

How big is a Walmart Neighborhood Market?

Walmart Neighborhood Markets are smaller than a regular Walmart Supercenter but bigger than your average supermarket. Typically located in urban areas or suburban areas that aren't served by larger supermarkets, they provide an alternative for people who want better service, local ingredients, and healthier food options. They also happen to be competition for similar store concepts such as Trader Joe's or Whole Foods (via Business Insider).

Often, you can find fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables in their produce department. Not only this, but the prices of your usual groceries, pharmaceutical needs, and fuel will be the same low price that you can find in your usual Walmart as well. While the bigger Walmarts focus on bigger charities such as the recent $12 million to hunger relief, each Neighborhood Market aims to give back to the community not only by supplying jobs but also through charitable donations to local causes. They also employ around 95 employees at each location (via QuerySprout).

A Neighborhood Market's smaller size allows its employees to provide a more personable experience and give a community feel to the local area. So, it's definitely worth checking out your local Walmart Neighborhood Market and seeing what's behind the big green sign.