The does-it-all, retailing behemoth Wal-Mart has been criticized of forcing smaller, family-owned businesses out of business, direct or indirectly with extremely competitive price. Now, they are gunning for neighborhood family clinics. The world’s largest retailer will open its first in-store medical clinics, as joint venture with local hospital systems in Atlanta, Dallas and Little Rock in April.
The co-branded walk-in clinics are expected to feature in 200 Wal-Mart Supercenters and up to 400 by 2010. If they are integrating the clinic within the same building, they wouldn’t be know for stingy employee’s healthcare plan but also provide a germ-full shopper-patient environment. Attention Wal-Mart shopper, don’t forget to bring your face mask!
[via cnn money]