Are the Walmarts in Lawton, Oklahoma Really THAT Different?
I moved to Lawton in 2006, and the first thing I learned about this town was everyone calls the bigger Walmart the "ghetto" Walmart. Sixteen years later, it still perplexes me.
Here's a simple truth. In the eyes of the average everyday Target shopper, every Walmart is a "ghetto" Walmart... Which is even funnier considering they're identical stores operating the same business plan. Buy cheaper at volume, sell lower with the same profit margin... Target is literally just "Liberal Walmart."
Here's something you probably don't know about the Sheridan Road "Ghetto" Walmart... It's one of the top-performing stores across the Walmart universe. It really is, especially since Oklahoma is the number one state in America that spends the most money at Walmart. But it's easy to see why the Sheridan Road Walmart is so popular. You can pop in at pretty much any time it's open and you'll spot people shopping as far as your eyes can see. Stacks on stacks on stacks of cash seven days a week all year long.
It's also one of the biggest Walmarts across the Walton Empire. Honestly, have you ever compared inventory between the Sheridan Road and Quannah Parker locations? Compare the two in the app. Nine times out of ten, the out-of-stock item on the West Side is in stock midtown. Still, it's the worst Walmart in town according to popular opinion. But the Sheridan Walmart has 3.9 stars on Google Reviews, which is pretty good when compared to the word-of-mouth rap this location gets.
To be fair, I understand there are two different types of people that shop between our two big Walmarts.
At the Sheridan Road Walmart, you're likely to see a lot of pajamas and yoga pants stretched to their maximum holding characteristics... but at the West Side Walmart, it's more common to see things like slacks and Sunday-best type clothing. Still, as clothes don't maketh man, you still see PJs on the West Side and dress apparel down on Sheridan.
All the same, sometimes I'll go out of my way to shop at the Neighborhood Market because there's hardly ever anyone there. I can pop in, grab some salads, and be back in my vehicle in about six minutes any time of the day. That has to count for something.