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Walmart Supercenters have more than doubled the presence of the original Discount store model around the US. We compared the two and found that the supercenter has a surprisingly large grocery.

Rachel Askinasi/Business Insider

Walmart is the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the world in terms of sales.



Walmart has only three different store formats across the US: Walmart Discount Store Stores, Walmart Supercenters, and Walmart Neighborhood Markets.



While the Discount Store store model is the original - founder Sam Walton opened the first one in 1962 - there are now two times more Supercenters - which were first developed in 1988 - than there are Discount Store stores, according to Walmart.



The two stores serve different purposes, according to Walmart. Supercenters are in more highly populated areas offering both general merchandise and groceries, while the Discount Store stores tend to be in more rural areas and mostly stick to offering general merchandise.



In terms of a physical footprint, a company representative told Business Insider that Supercenters stand at around 190,000 square feet, while Discount Store stores are closer to 40,000 square feet.



All that extra square footage in the Supercenter we visited allowed for shelves across the store to be stocked with even more variety than at the Discount Store store we went to.



Regardless of size, there are certain things that each store did better than the other - like the outdoor section of the Discount Store store and the food section of the Supercenter.



After walking through both stores, we think the Supercenter is the place to go if you want to get all of your shopping done at once, including groceries, and the Discount Store store is a great option for anyone looking to get in, grab what they need, and get on with their day.



Here's how the two models stack up against one another.



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