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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, May 12, 202104:36 PM EST

Walmart completes renovations at two Jacksonville stores

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Improvements include new signage and lighting for a “simplified shopping experience.”
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

Two Jacksonville Walmart Supercenters have a new look following renovations designed to add “a fresh feel” and “simplified shopping experience.”

The stores at 7075 Collins Road in West Jacksonville and at 10251 Shops Lane in The Avenues area are the first in the area to see changes. 

Walmart said in a news release May 12 the renovations added new signage, fixtures and lighting; additional self-checkout lanes; new flooring; remodeled bathrooms and expanded grocery pickup areas.

Walmart also renovated its electronics section and revamped the tool area with additional merchandise.

“With a completely new look and feel, shopping with us has never been easier and faster,” said Sara Chenoweth, a Jacksonville-area store manager, in the release.

“Customers will be pleased to see an increase in the number of self-checkout stations that will speed up their shopping experience.”

The city issued permits Feb. 10 for the two stores’ renovations. FMGI Inc. of Woodstock, Georgia, renovated the 211,850-square-foot Collins Plaza store at a cost of $2.8 million. It renovated the 192,861-square-foot Avenues store for $1.5 million.

BusinessInsider.com reported Sept. 30 that the Arkansas-based retailer would remodel 200 of its Supercenters by the end of 2020 to encourage a more “digitally-enabled shopping experience” featuring bolder signage, contactless checkout, and airport-inspired crowd management techniques, according to Walmart Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside.

The news site said the remodeling project will expand to 1,000 stores by the end of 2021. 

The website said Walmart took design inspiration from airports, which are examples of spaces that allow large groups to easily navigate them through “clever designs and clear signage,” Whiteside said. 

A renovated Walmart store.

 

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