This week, Walmart is spotlighting its $500 million+ investment in store remodels with 117 simultaneous ‘re-grand openings’ in 30 states. The upgraded stores feature more customer-centric pharmacies and vision centers, new “activated corners” where customers can interact with products and digital touch points throughout the store to provide shoppers with additional information.
“It’s the largest single-day rollout of re-grand openings in the history of Walmart, and while massive in its own right, this week’s events are but a tile in the mosaic,” said Hunter Hart, SVP, Walmart Realty in a blog post. “We’ve invested over $9 billion in the past two years to upgrade more than 1,400 stores across the country. Each store is designed to deliver a more modern shopping experience and improve the lives of our associates and customers from the moment they step into the new space.
In addition to exteriors and interiors refreshed with new paint, new signs and additional shopping carts, the remodeled locations also are more spacious. “We’ve laid out our reopened stores to feature more space, making exploration and experience easier than ever,” said Hart. “While this is good news for our customers, it’s great news for our associates, whose jobs become easier when space expands. And more room creates a better digital experience too, as expanded areas for our growing Pickup & Delivery business mean that regardless of how a customer chooses to shop with us, they’ll benefit from our upgrades.”
Additional changes include new “dollar shops” with seasonally relevant products at everyday low prices as well as a Grab & Go section making it easier to pick up a wrap, sandwich or cold drink. “Whatever you’re looking for, we’re making it easier for you to find,” said Hart.