COLUMBIA — Of the 10 retail businesses opening at the new Lofts downtown building next to Chipotle on Ninth Street, Walmart will be one of them.
Walmart on Campus is a small-scale version of the regular stores with merchandise limited to basic groceries, convenience items and health and beauty aids.
Anne Hatfield, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the store will open in the first quarter of 2014.
Walmart on Campus stores range from 2,500 to 5,000 square feet, about one-third the size of a Walmart Express. Hatfield said there are three Walmart on Campus locations in the country thus far — on or near the campuses of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.; Arizona State University in Phoenix; and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Other businesses opening at the Lofts are International Tap House, Thai Express, Subway, Varsity Nails, Blenders, Fazoli's, Service Noodle, THM Investments and Certified Realty Inc., and Tigers Credit Union, which is open for business now, said Travis McGee, owner of the Lofts.
The other businesses will open between "late August and early September," McGee said.
"We want residents to be able to live, work and go to school downtown without having a vehicle as a specific need," he said.
In addition to Tigers Credit Union, Varsity Nails and Blenders are the only local businesses that will be housed at the Lofts.
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