Nation’s smallest Walmart opening at Ga. Tech.

By on January 11, 2013
Walmart at Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta

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.

About Caleb J. Spivak

CJS is the Founder of What Now Atlanta. He was recently featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch in 2012," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA was named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.


  1. Tres

    January 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    You mean, this didn’t get protested citing “traffic concerns”?

  2. Bo

    January 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm


  3. Dawg

    January 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Stay classy, Georgia Institute of Technology!

  4. Matt

    January 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    There is another location like this already open inside the Delta corporate offices by the airport. It might be close to 2000 square feet if that.

  5. R

    January 15, 2013 at 11:22 am

    There went the neighborhood?

    • Rachel Keslensky

      January 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      It’s right next to two noodle joints, a GameStop, a Moe’s, and a T-Mobile store.

      WHAT Neighborhood?

      • Drew

        January 16, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        Its actually a great neighborhood. Rachel forgot to mention the Froyo shop, Subway, LA Fitness, Great Clips, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, various eateries…. well…. and a bathhouse LOL.

  6. Frank

    January 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    There is actually a Walmart on the Delta campus in the Delta Administrative Building that is likely smaller — also a ‘convenience store’ concept.

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