Renovated store offers a glimpse into the next generation of shopping
MARIETTA, Ohio, July 12, 2010 – The Marietta Walmart, located at 804 Pike St., 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 Marietta Walmart at 8:30 a.m., Friday, July 16. 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.
New Layout Improves Customer Experience
The remodeled Marietta 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, including moving the pet department next to the grocery department.
“We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier,” said store manager Daniel Laughlin.
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.
Among the changes, Walmart upgraded both the pharmacy and vision center with an open design, creating a much friendlier, accessible experience. Customers will also appreciate the enhanced hardware department with a new electronic paint matching system as well as the new produce displays in the grocery department. The remodeled store also now offers eight new self-checkout lanes and all registers now feature upgraded touch screens for quicker checkouts.
Expanded Departments Add Value and Savings
The remodel 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.
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, July 16, and will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Local dignitaries including members of the Marietta Chamber of Commerce will help Laughlin cut the ribbon to the remodeled store. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars will present the colors, Seth Argabright will sing the national anthem and customers will enjoy vendor samples and character appearances.
During the ceremony, store associates will present $5,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation to local organizations, including a special $1,000 grant to the Washington Morgan Community Action Program. According to Washington Morgan Community Action Program Coordinator Cathy Rees, the Marietta Walmart has been a strong community partner.
“The Walmart community grant will be used to buy Christmas gifts for the children in the Secret Santa Program,” said Rees. “The program serves children of underprivileged families in Washington County and we appreciate their continued support of this program,” she added.
Additional grant recipients include:
- ARC of Washington County
- Grandview Township Fire Department
- House of Hope of Washington County
- Marietta Memorial Hospital
- Newport Elementary School
- Phillips Elementary School
- Williamstown Elementary School
- WVU Children’s Hospitals
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $2 billion to U.S. hunger relief efforts through 2015. The Fighting Hunger Together campaign will also engage Walmart customers and associates in the fight against hunger. More information can be found at walmart.com/fightinghunger.
Commitment to the Environment
The store is also committed to being a good environmental steward. Part of the cement used in the store’s concrete flooring is made with recycled materials, and the baseboards are manufactured from 100 percent recycled plastic. The photo department also uses green technology, operating completely without liquid chemicals for photo processing. The store also has improved its recycling efforts with a new recycling program which features a sandwich bale process that takes all loose plastic, hangers, aluminum cans and office paper, sandwiches them between cardboard, bundles them into bales and sends them to recycling centers. In addition, the store will be composting all organic products.
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 walmart.com and samsclub.com.
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- Daniel Laughlin, 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 740-376-9030.
- Walmart PR and Brand Reputation, 800-331-0085
- Media contact: Joanna King, Mitchell Communications Group, 312-399-1821
- Walmart information online: www.walmartstores.com; merchandise sales: www.walmart.com
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