Clothing stores open in Texas, Missouri

Clothing stores are expected to open in several Texas, including Dallas and Austin, on Wednesday, the company announced.

It also said it was looking to open a store in Houston and Austin.

CNN Map A Walmart store in downtown Austin is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

The company said it has received more than 1.4 million bids for its Texas stores, with more than a third of those in the metro area.

The new stores are the latest in a series of efforts by Walmart to expand in the U.S. to meet rising demand for its clothing, electronics and other merchandise.

In the first two quarters, the retailer had about 2,200 stores, compared with about 2.6 million stores in the same period a year ago, according to a company release.