Walmart Canada Plans $134 Million Dollar Renovation Plan
MISSISSAUGA, ON - In an effort to enhance customer experience, Walmart Canada recently announced an investment of U.S. $134 million (CAN $175 million) in its network of stores.
"This investment in our stores is part of our commitment to provide our customers with an improved in-store shopping experience," said Lee Tappenden, President and CEO of Walmart Canada. "We are modernizing our stores, ensuring a seamless omni-channel shopping experience and meeting evolving customer needs."
The investment will be dedicated to features and improvements. According to a press release, 23 Walmart stores across Canada are set for renovation before February 2019, creating more than 2,500 construction jobs. Walmart Canada is also opening a new Supercenter in Burnaby, BC, equipped with a vast East Asian ethnic food offering. The retailer recently expanded its Supercenter store format into Newfoundland with the conversion of three stores, bringing a fresh grocery offering to every province across Canada.
Enhancements customers can expect to see in their local stores include the following:
- Contemporary updates: Physical updates that provide a refreshed look and feel including wider aisles, updated color palette, new signage, and, in some stores, an updated exterior storefront design to provide clearer access
- Optimized omni-channel experience: Creating seamless integration of online shopping and in-store experience for omni-channel customers. Updated features include dedicated parking spaces for online grocery pickup and new areas in stores devoted to online orders to help facilitate the interaction between Walmart Canada's e-commerce and bricks and mortar operations
- Expanded assortment: Adding more product assortments to further integrate stores into the community including new ethnic selections and organics
"Walmart Canada is committed to helping Canadians shop when they want, how they want and where they want," added Tappenden. "As we move into 2019, we'll continue to invest in more store remodels, including new and creative concepts in key urban stores."
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