June 15, 2014

Wal-Mart to become healthcare provider

Stores in Benbrook and Carrollton will get company-owned clinics.

Wal-Mart has leased space in stores to medical clinics since 2005, but outside health systems and providers have owned and operated the acute-care centers in about 100 locations.

On June 27, Wal-Mart stores in Benbrook and Carrollton will get the second and third company-owned clinics, according to the big retailer. The first opened in April in Copperas Cove, just west of Killeen, and the company expects to open a dozen of the pilot clinics this year.

According to Wal-Mart, the clinics will focus on primary care, including preventive services such as vaccines and management of chronic conditions, at affordable prices — $40 for consumers, or $4 for Wal-Mart associates with company medical benefits. They won’t take private insurance, but accept patients on traditional Medicare and plan to take Medicaid in the future.

The clinics will be staffed with nurse practitioners, who are registered nurses with additional training qualified to treat patients under the supervision of a licensed physician. QuadMed, which has operated clinics at worksites since 1991, will manage clinic operations and personnel, Wal-Mart said.

“Our goal is to join the continuum of medical care in the communities we serve,” said Danit Marquardt, director of corporate communications for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. “The Walmart Care Clinic is creating a new price position for retail health services that aims to give our associates and customers greater access to quality, affordable healthcare that will improve lives.”

The Benbrook location is the Wal-Mart Supercenter store at 8400 Benbrook Blvd.

Fort Worth Chamber

named top group

Site Selection magazine chose the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 10 economic development groups in the U.S. in 2013, the first time it has been in the top tier.

The Fort Worth chamber has been among the top 20 several times.

The magazine recognized the chamber for securing 14 economic development projects representing 4.9 million square feet of real estate, $517.6 million in new capital investment and 7,000 jobs. The annual payroll associated with the jobs is about $330 million annually.

Susan Halsey, outgoing chamber board president, said, “It is a testament to the many assets that Fort Worth has to offer and to the collaborative relationships we’ve built within the region that have proven effective in attracting new or expanding businesses.”

Site Selection compiles the list annually.

“Year after year, we continue to experience growth in all industries,” said David Berzina, the chamber’s executive vice president for economic development.

In addition to Fort Worth, organizations in Baton Rouge, La., Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Omaha, Neb., Phoenix, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Chicago were in the top tier.

Maserati dealership

opens in Fort Worth

Park Place Dealerships has opened its new Maserati dealership and service center in Fort Worth.

The 11,000-square-foot dealership is at 5760 Bryant Irvin Road and features a four-car showroom made with Italian floor tiles and the Italian collection of furnishings by Cassina.

“Fort Worth is a great market for luxury vehicles, and Maserati has one of the most exciting product lineups in the industry,” said Ken Schnitzer, chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “We hope to earn the business of each client by providing a great experience.”

This is the second Maserati dealership for Park Place, which opened its Dallas store in 2004.

Speed Fab-Crete

building car dealership

Fort Worth-based Speed Fab-Crete is building a new auto dealership for Classic of Denton.

Speed Fab-Crete and its design-build architectural partner, Callahan & Freeman, are doing construction and design services for the dealership at 4991 S. Interstate 35E in Denton. The 12,641-square-foot sales and service center is scheduled to be completed in August.

The facility will be used for the pre-owned auto business.

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