May 16, 2008 / 9:34 AM / 11 years ago

Wal-Mart to serve food in small-format stores -FT

NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) intends to prepare and serve food in its planned small-format stores, the Financial Times said on Friday, as it competes with British retailer Tesco’s (TSCO.L) Fresh & Easy markets.

The smaller-format stores will include a kitchen, food counters and seating for up to nine people, the FT said, citing planning documents.

Wal-Mart’s Marketside format — planned at 15,000 square feet — is said to be a third of the size of most of its Neighbourhood Market stores, and less than a tenth of the size of most of the world’s largest retailer’s superstores.

The stores will have a logo showing a pile of stylized fruit and vegetables with the Marketside name in green and a small blue star, the FT said.

A Wal-Mart representative was not able to comment immediately. (Reporting by Aarthi Sivaraman, editing by Will Waterman)

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