Blackwell Walmart Unveils Fresh New Look and Layout

Every department updated to provide customers with more convenience

BLACKWELL, Okla., Aug. 16, 2010 – The Blackwell Walmart, located at 1219 W. Doolin, 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 Blackwell Walmart at 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20. 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 Mark Marazas.

New Layout Improves Customer Experience

The remodeled Blackwell 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 Marazas.

Among the changes, Walmart has combined the Site-to-Store pick-up location and customer service desk into a single area at the front of the store. Customers now have ready access to these services as well as associates who can provide assistance as needed.

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 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. The remodel also adds 34 doors of refrigeration which will include a variety of frozen foods for customers to choose from.

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, Aug. 20, and will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. The Blackwell Chamber of Commerce will assist with the event.

Jeff Seymour, executive director of the Blackwell Area Chamber of Commerce, expressed appreciation for the local Walmart, citing its reinvestment into the community.

“We’re really glad to see how much Walmart cares about the community by refreshing the look of the local store,” he said. “Walmart has taken the time to meet the needs of shoppers and that’s especially appreciated here. We take this as a good sign the company is making a long-standing commitment. We especially appreciate the store associates and management who have worked hard to assist and meet the needs of all customers while this transition was taking place.”

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.

About Walmart

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 2.0 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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