During the next 12 months, Walmart said it would remodel 650 stores across 47 states and Puerto Rico.
The new and remodeled stores will reflect Walmart's “Store of the Future” concept, featuring improved and more modern layouts, expanded product selections and innovative technology that helps associates better support customers.
More specifically, some enhancements include: a refreshed interior and exterior, new signage, a front-end transformation, a new “Dollar Shop” and more displays and elevated departments.
“Customers love this concept in the places we’ve already rolled it out, and we’re excited to transition more and more of our fleet,” John Furner, president and CEO, Walmart U.S., wrote in the release.
In addition, Furner says these new facilities will be designed with sustainability in mind, including more energy-efficient equipment and lighting and lower-impact refrigerants. The retailer is also working on developing a “coast-to-coast network” of electric vehicle fast-charging stations.
The retailer says these projects will add “tens of thousands” of jobs in addition to the hundreds of jobs each new store opening will bring to communities.
In related news, Walmart Canada is also focusing on the in-store experience by investing nearly $1 billion this fiscal year to enhance its omnichannel customer experience as part of a multiyear modernization plan, the retailer announced in December 2023. This investment comprises more than $300 million for store remodels and renovations, including to what Walmart is calling its Canadian “store of the future.”