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Walmart Opens Locations On College Campuses At Georgia Tech, University Of Arkansas

In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, photo, Wal-Mart employees Jon Christians and Lori Harris take job applications and answers q
In this Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, photo, Wal-Mart employees Jon Christians and Lori Harris take job applications and answers questions during a job fair at the University of Illinois Springfield campus in Springfield, Ill. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and nation's largest private employer, said Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, it is making a pledge to boost its sourcing from domestic suppliers and hire more than 100,000 veterans. The plans were to be announced as part of an address by Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S. business, at an annual retail industry convention in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Retail giant Walmart will open a small store on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. later this year.

Georgia Tech will be the second college to host a miniature Walmart, joining the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville store which opened in January.

The Walmarts on campus will have pharmacy services, basic groceries, general merchandise, check cashing and bill paying services. The UA location replaces a university-run pharmacy, Advertising Age reports.

According to the Dow Jones Newswires, the Georgia Tech location will be between 2,500 and 5,000 square feet, drastically smaller than the average 185,000 square feet at Super Walmart stores. The UA spot is 10,000 square feet.

The Georgia Tech store will be the smallest Walmart in the country, NBC News noted. (By the way, Walmart president and CEO Mike Duke is a Georgia Tech alum.)

AdAge reports Walmart may be using these smaller versions as a way to get around zoning restrictions which have kept them out of major urban areas, such as New York City.

Large, generally liberal cities on the east coast have opposed opening Walmarts for a multitude of reasons. Among them, studies showing a decline in local businesses after Walmarts move in, and labor disputes over lack of competitive pay and benefits.

Walmart has also been the subject of protest recently for their stores selling assault weapons and ammunition.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Georgia Tech as Georgia Tech University.

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