Renovated store offers a glimpse into the next generation of shopping
WARNER ROBINS, Ga., June 14, 2010 – The Walmart at 2720 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins will celebrate a grand re-opening this week, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience. The results of a three-month remodeling project will be unveiled at the Warner Robins Walmart Friday, June 18, during a grand re-opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Among the many improvements are a new layout, wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting and easy-to-read signage to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers than ever before.
“We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier,” said store manager Allen Coon.
“We are very proud of Walmart, and its presence in our community has been a positive one,” said Edward Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Warner Robins Area Chamber of Commerce.
New Layout Improves Customer Experience
The remodeled Warner Robins store features a more open shopping environment with wider aisles that contain no product displays. Walmart also aligned the departments that customers shop most frequently, making it quicker to purchase everyday items.
“The new layout is easier to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for necessities,” said Coon.
A bright interior paint scheme and enhanced lighting create a more inviting shopping experience and help define the store’s merchandise areas. Low-profile shelving creates an improved sightline and directional signage helps customers find the products they need.
Expanded Departments Add Value and Savings
The remodel also brings Walmart customers an expanded electronics department featuring a wide selection of the latest consumer electronics and home entertainment. The new design includes a more hands-on experience for customers with interactive displays for hi-definition Blu-ray, video gaming and portable electronics. The interactive experience enables shoppers to test new technology including laptops, cameras, phones and GPS units before purchase.
The store also features an expanded beer and wine selection as well as a broader assortment of bakery items including ice cream cakes.
A new department called Celebration Station has been added and will feature party supplies, greeting cards, balloons and helium tanks, cake supplies and gift wrap.
Grand Re-opening Activities Include Support for Local Organizations
The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for Friday, June 18, and will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. During the ceremony, store associates will present $4,500 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to local service organizations, including Amateur Athletic Association, the City of Warner Robins Fire Department, Feed Center Outreach Ministry, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Macon Regional Crimestoppers, Special Olympics of Georgia and the Tubman African American Museum.
“Walmart is a great corporate citizen that has come through in many ways for many community organizations in the Robins region,” Rodriguez added. “At the Chamber, we’re proud that Walmart has proven to be a partner we can count on.”
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or “Walmart,” serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,400 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
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• Allen Coon, store manager, can provide details about the grand re-opening, offer quotes for interviews and arrange for photo opportunities or preview tours. He can be contacted at 478-953-7070.
• Walmart PR and Brand Reputation, 800-331-0085
• Walmart information online: www.walmartstores.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com
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