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    Wal-Mart Recruiting for New 'Marketside' Concept

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has begun recruiting store managers for its nascent  Marketside venture, a new small grocery format it will introduce later this year in Arizona.

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has begun recruiting store managers for its nascent  Marketside venture, a new small grocery format it will introduce later this year in Arizona.

    Wal-Mart has launched a Web site, www.workformarketside.com, with job listings and also clues about what the format might offer.

    “We are looking for candidates with superior customer service skills, and who enjoy working in a team environment,” Wal-Mart said on the site. “Marketside associates are enthusiastic people with a passion for fresh and delicious food!”

    The site currently lists eight job openings for Marketside managers and assistant managers in four Arizona cities: Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Tempe.

    Marketside is described as "the neighborhood market for busy people with a taste for fresh and delicious food," which has led many in the industry to draw direct comparisons to Tesco’s U.S. concept, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, which debuted last year on the West Coast and is also a small format store with an emphasis on fresh meals.

    According to the Marketside site, Wal-Mart’s new format will "simplify the daily challenge of creating an enjoyable meal by providing inspiring choices, while also offering everyday favorites at great prices in an easy-to-shop environment."

    Store application plans call for the stores to occupy roughly 15,000 square feet, according to published reports. That is less than half the average size of Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market grocery stores.

    A story in the Financial Times said on Friday that Marketside locations will prepare and serve food, and include a kitchen, food counters, and seating for up to nine people.

    That doesn’t seem too off the mark, considering that the site also says “Marketside is dedicated to helping our customer answer the question ‘What’s for dinner?’”

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