Shared in a statement on the company’s website, Walmart has announced plans to build or convert more than 150 stores, while continuing to remodel existing stores. These efforts represent millions of dollars in capital investment of labor, supplies and tax revenue, which benefit their respective communities.
During the next 12 months, Walmart plans to remodel 650 stores across 47 states and Puerto Rico, creating tens of thousands of jobs supporting these projects.
“I’m excited to say the first two new stores under this initiative, both Neighborhood Markets, are set to open later this spring in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia,” John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart, said in the company’s statement.
“We’re also finalizing construction plans on 12 new projects we intend to start this year, along with converting one of our smaller locations to a Walmart Supercenter.”
The new and remodeled stores will reflect Walmart’s store of the future concept, featuring improved layouts, expanded product selections and innovative technology to help employees better support customers and make shopping more convenient and enjoyable.
These new facilities will be designed with sustainability in mind, including more energy-efficient equipment and lighting and lower impact refrigerants. The company is also working on developing a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle fast-charging stations that it hopes will make EV ownership a more accessible choice for shoppers and employees.
These new and remodeled stores will better enable Walmart to meet and exceed customer expectations whether in a store, online or through one of the mobile apps.
“We’re proud that improving our stores also has a tangible impact in the communities we serve. What a win it is to invest in America, grow our business and move toward a more sustainable future – all at the same time,” Furner said.
Read more corporate chain store news from The Shelby Report.