Contract signed to bring the discount retailer to campus.
Georgia Institute of Technology is getting a Walmart unlike any other, according to the college’s online newspaper, Technique.
Walmart signed a contract with Georgia Tech Auxiliary Services early January 2013, for a “convenience store concept” in the former Ribs n’ Blues space, Technique reports (Rib’s n’ Blues shuttered in November of 2012).
“Walmart pharmacy was our number one target…there was a good connection with Georgia Tech…the CEO of Walmart had been on campus speaking a year and a half ago,” Rich Steele, Director of Auxiliary Services, told Technique.
“Shortly after that, we started conversations with Walmart just about the idea [of having Walmart on Campus]…”
The only other Walmart of its kind is located at Fayetteville’s University of Arkansas, the report notes. At a mere 2,500-square feet, Georgia Tech’s Walmart location will be smallest in the nation, compared to the University of Arkansas’ 3,500-square-foot store.
The store will carry items like ramen noodles, power bars, frozen pizza, soda, as well as some electronics.
Click here to read the rest of Technique’s thoughtful report.