Walmart, already one of the biggest pharmacy operators in the U.S., is getting into the health services business.
The Bentonville, Ark.–based retailer will open its first Walmart Health clinic this month, within its Dallas, Ga., store, according to CNBC. This facility will provide low-priced health services for local customers, including dental, audiology, x-ray examinations and mental-health counseling. If the enterprise is successful, Walmart says, it may expand the pilot to include more stores.
Walmart has been running health care clinics in several Southern states. But these additional services represent an expanded effort to compete with the drugstore chains that have opened medical services in their own right. CVS Health, for one, announced plans in June to expand its HealthHUB to 1,500 locations by the end of 2021.
By Brannon Boswell