Those who frequently shop this Neighborhood Walmart may have to venture into its ‘Super’ sister store

VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s an alternative to Walmart’s super stores – the Walmart Neighborhood Store – and focuses on groceries and small items here and there.

But on March 29, Walmart’s Neighborhood Store at 2864 Virginia Beach Blvd., will close, company officials announced this week.

The location is in a shopping center and is adjacent to Hobby Lobby on Virginia Beach Boulevard.

Phillip Keene, a Walmart spokesman, said many factors were considered in the decision, mainly the location’s financial performance.

Keene said Walmart is not giving up on the idea of smaller stores.

Walmart also announced the closing of four other stores — Walmart Neighborhood Markets in North Chesterfield and Columbia, S.C.; a Walmart Supercenter in Lafayette, La.; and one of its original-format discount stores in Knoxville, Tenn.

Keene said Walmart leases the Virginia Beach Boulevard space, about 40,000 square feet.

That store has about 75 employees. Keene said the company hopes to transfer as many of those employees to other stores in the region – all of the employees will be paid through May 10, unless they’re transferred earlier.

Walmart operates about 150 stores in Virginia.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.