BENTONVILLE, Ark. (News release) - Walmart today announced it expects to spend an estimated $31 million over the next year in Arkansas through the remodeling of nine stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money.
The spend is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2019, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2018.
Walmart recently reported strong comp sales growth of 2.1% for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2018, indicating customers are responding well to the company’s business strategy. The plan is to continue improving stores and accelerating innovation during the coming year to make shopping faster and easier for customers in Arkansas.
“We are making shopping quicker and more convenient than ever for Arkansas families and the store remodels will provide a fresh new experience for our customers,” said, Amy Corso, vice president and regional general manager. “We’ve had a sharp focus on making the entire shopping experience inside our stores and online, easier and more convenient. Our customers tell us our plan is working.”
2018 Walmart Remodels in Arkansas - Walmart plans to remodel nine stores in the following locations:
- Camden – 950 California Ave. Southwest
- Conway – 3900 Dave Ward Drive
- Fayetteville – 2875 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.
- Jonesboro – 1815 E. Highland Drive
- Lonoke – 322 Brownsville Loop
- Paragould – 2802 W. Kings Highway
- Stuttgart – 406 E. 22nd St.
- Van Buren – 2214 Fayetteville Road
- Wynne – 800 Highway 64 E.
2018 Walmart In-store and Online Innovations in Arkansas
Walmart continues to innovate how it serves customers, helping them save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that empowers customers to shop when, where and how they want.
In addition to continuing to test new technologies that transform how customers shop, Walmart plans to expand several innovative services that deliver greater convenience and faster services, including:
Online Grocery Pickup - Arkansas customers can order Walmart groceries online and pick them up without ever having to unbuckle their seatbelts. The service is free and prices through Walmart Online Grocery are the same as in-store. Walmart currently offers Grocery Pickup at more than 30 Arkansas locations and plans to roll-out approximately 20 new Grocery Pickup locations throughout the state in the coming year. Walmart Online Grocery Pickup—How it works.
Mobile Express Scan & Go - Walmart offers Mobile Express Scan & Go in select markets which allows customers to scan items with their mobile devices while shopping in store, pay instantly and skip the checkout line. Customers can download the Walmart Scan & Go app from iTunes or the Google Play store. Mobile Express Scan & Go is currently offered at the Walmart stores in Malvern and Rogers, the Pleasant Crossing Blvd. location. Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities to expand the service to more local customers in the coming year. Walmart Mobile Express Scan & Go video here.
Walmart Pickup Towers - Much like a high-tech vending machine, the Walmart Pickup Tower allows customers to pick up their online orders in less than a minute by scanning a bar code sent to their smartphone. To use the tower, customers simply choose from millions of items available on Walmart.com and select the Pickup option at checkout. Pickup Tower service is currently available at two Walmart stores in Bentonville, and one each in Ft. Smith, Rogers and Sherwood. Walmart will continue evaluating opportunities expand the Pickup Tower service to Arkansas customers in the coming year. Walmart Pickup Tower video here.
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