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story.lead_photo.caption FILE -- The entrance to the Bentonville Walmart is seen on Tuesday May 19 2020 along South Walton Boulevard. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff)

Walmart Inc. is taking its new low-cost health care model to more locations, with plans to open six Walmart Health clinics in the Atlanta area and two in the Chicago area by the end of the year, a Walmart spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

The Bentonville retailer opened a clinic in Springdale on June 24, and already has three in Georgia. Walmart said on Wednesday that it plans to open at least one near Jacksonville, Fla., in 2021.

Called Walmart Health, the clinics offer primary and urgent care, diagnostics and mental-health counseling as well as dental, optical and hearing services. They also offer fitness and nutrition activities and counseling, and help patients with health insurance enrollment.

The centers are staffed by doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists, behavioral health providers and optometrists. The buildings are typically attached to a supercenter, with a separate entrance for privacy.

Other retailers recently venturing into the health care market include CVS Health Corp., Target Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

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