Walmart has indicated that it intends to invest approximately $145 million in the course of the next one year in the state of California in remodeling stores, opening a supercenter as well as expanding online and in-store services. In total the number of Walmart stores that will be remodeled in California are 34 of which three are located in Los Angeles, four in Inland Empire and another four in Orange County. Walmart’s newest supercenter in California will be located in Fresno.
“Walmart has a longstanding commitment to serving the local communities where it operates and the improvements planned for 2018 exemplify our dedication to not only serving our customers but also serving as a community partner,” said Walmart’s regional vice president in California, Todd Siron, in a statement.
The investment that Walmart is putting in California is part of the $11 billion that the retail giant has allocated for spending in fiscal 2019 where priority has been given to the revamping of stores and the merging of in-store and e-commerce.
Some of the stores in Southern California that will undergo remodeling are located in Corona, San Jacinto, Beaumont, Victorville, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Niguel, Orange, Huntington Beach, Panorama City, Chino and Duarte. Remodeling of the stores is expected to have been completed by fall. According to Walmart the remodeling will involving making the aisles wider, revamping the electronics department and expanding produce selection. Additionally the renovation works might also involve moving the pickup service locations to store fronts as well as the adding of lounge areas where shoppers can wait as their orders are being prepared.
Pick up services
Walmart is also planning on expanding the free online grocery pickup service that allows shoppers to order online and then choose a convenient pickup location from where their items will be loaded to their cars by Walmart employees. At the moment the service is available at 44 locations in California but there are plans to add the service to 50 more locations.
The retail giant also intends to expand the Pickup Towers network. Across the United States the towers which allow shoppers to pick up items they ordered online by scanning a barcode in order to release the items on a conveyor belt are present in 200 stores. Walmart intends to increase this number to over 500. The first such tower in California will be operational beginning later this month. Additionally the retail giant will also be expanding its cashier-free service known as Mobile Express Scan & Go.