Renovated store now offers a glimpse into the next generation of shopping
SPARTA, Ill., Sept. 3, 2010 – The Sparta Walmart, located at 1410 N. Market St., will celebrate a grand re-opening this week, giving Randolph County 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 Sparta Walmart at 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 10. 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.
According to Sparta Mayor Rob Link, Walmart is a positive influence in the Sparta community. “Walmart provides an opportunity for employment that our city greatly needs as well as offering the basic needs for our families available 24 hours a day,” said Link. “Walmart is a responsible financial steward, always willing to support the efforts of local organizations, youth programs, schools and churches. The remodeling of the Sparta store indicates their dedication to achieve a profound and lasting impact in our community,” added Link.
New Layout Improves Customer Experience
The remodeled Walmart features a more open shopping environment with wider aisles. 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.
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. The registers have been upgraded with touch-screens for faster checkout and the hardware department offers a new electronic paint matching system.
“We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier,” said store manager Ryan Ragar.
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.
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, Sept. 10, and will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. Store associates will assist Ragar in cutting the ribbon to the newly remodeled store. During the ceremony, store associates will present grants from the Walmart Foundation to local organizations.
The Walmart Foundation has 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 www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
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