Walmart plans to open 28 new healthcare centers in the U.S. in 2024, doubling its total number of locations to more than 75.
The health centers will cover nearly 5,750 square feet of space and offer services such as primary care, dental care, behavioral health, labs and X-ray, audiology, and telehealth inside Walmart stores.
Walmart currently operates 32 health centers and has plans to open 17 more locations in 2023. Next year, the company plans to open 10 locations in Dallas, eight in Houston, six in Phoenix, and four in Kansas City.
“With this growth in 2024, we will nearly double our current footprint, offering accessible, convenient and affordable care in two new states and expanding our presence in Texas,” said Dr. David Carmouche, Walmart’s senior vice president of Omnichannel Care.
The company’s decision to expand its healthcare offering comes at a time when U.S. consumers are continuing to struggle with stubborn inflation, which in turn is shifting spending away from discretionary products to basic necessities such as rent and healthcare.
“We know the cost and convenience of healthcare remains a barrier for many Americans, which is why we decided to bring our one-stop model of healthcare to these communities,” the company said. “With 90% of the U.S. population located within 10 miles of a Walmart, Walmart Health is in a unique position to provide quality, affordable health and wellness services where our neighbors already live and shop.”
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