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Walmart to Remodel 500 Stores, Open 20 New Locations

Walmart plans to spend $11 billion to remodel 500 existing stores and open 20 new locations, Business Insider reports.

The store remodels will provide shoppers with “wider aisles, shorter shelving, new signs and flooring,” along with additional self-checkout lanes, the article says.

Walmart also plans to upgrade its pharmacy areas to include private consultation rooms, according to Business Insider.

The retailer will add interactive displays to its renovated electronics department and plans additional upgrades for its cosmetics, home, hardware, auto, baby and produce departments, the article says.

“The plan is to continue improving stores and accelerating innovation during the coming year to make shopping faster and easier for our customers,” a Walmart spokesman says in the article. “We’ll also continue to look for ways to improve our processes to empower our associates to serve customers even better—we’ll be people-powered and tech-enabled, always with our customer’s needs in mind.”

Walmart is focusing much of its remodeling efforts on stores in Florida and Texas, where the big-box retailer will spend nearly $480 million to open 14 new locations and remodel 82 existing Walmart stores, Business Insider reports.

Company plans also include spending $145 million to remodel 34 California locations, $94 million on renovating 27 Ohio stores and $75 million on updating 14 stores in Virginia, Business Insider says.

In addition, the Bentonville, Arkansas, retailer is expanding other programs. For example, the company plans to feature online grocery pickup at 1,000 locations and install pickup towers for customers’ online orders at 500 stores across the country, according to Business Insider.

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