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This Fast-Casual Chain Is Coming To A Walmart Near You

You'll be able to get Bao, bowls, potstickers, and dumplings after a Walmart trip soon!

In the past year, around 100 of McDonald's locations inside Walmart stores have shut down, and soon, only about 150 locations of America's favorite burger chain will remain in the retail giant's spaces. This means that plenty of other fast-food restaurants have been swooping in to take McD's empty spots. According to reports, Domino's and Taco Bell may get some floor space inside Walmarts around the country, while other chains like Saladworks, Nathan's Famous hot dogs, and La Madeleine French Bakery will call dibs on some of the retailer's locations as well.

And now, another type of fast-casual chain has just confirmed it's joining the Walmart family: Wow Bao!

The fast-casual chain is partnering with Ghost Kitchen Brands to bring its bao, bowls, potstickers, and dumplings to Walmart shoppers, according to QSR Magazine. Some locations will offer indoor seating, but all will have carry-out and delivery options for hungry locals that may have never before had the opportunity to eat at Wow Bao.

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"We are thrilled to accelerate our expansion across the U.S. and Canada with this important partnership and the innovators at Ghost Kitchen Brands," said Geoff Alexander, the president & CEO of Wow Bao, according to QSR. "As we grow our footprint and our brand, it is important for Wow Bao to form the right alliances."

Wow Bao started in Chicago in 2003 and is now a leader in ghost kitchens and quick dining. It had six locations in 2019 and now has over 300. The "fast Asian street food" features different flavors of Bao or "steamed buns" that are soft, fluffy, and filled with savory or sweet flavors like Teriyaki Chicken, BBQ Berkshire Pork, Spicy Mongolian Beef, Whole Wheat Vegetable, and more. Like Saladworks and other chains entering the retail and grocery chain arena, Wow Bao has thrived off quick service for foot traffic.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda