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Walmart completes remodeling at Parkersburg location

The Walmart Pickup Tower. Remodeling was completed at the Parkersburg Walmart Superstore. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Walmart Supercenter has completed a remodeling that included several department transformations and innovations to that make shopping easier for customers.

The renovation was part of Walmart’s plans to spend $31 million in stores across West Virginia in 2019 and the ongoing expansion of innovations like the Walmart Pickup Tower, which was installed in the Parkersburg Walmart in October, and the Grocery Pickup Service that will be available to customers that started on Friday.

“Nearly every department in this store was refreshed in one way or another and our customers will immediately notice the exciting updates when they walk through the door,” said Store Manager Kevin Ohse. “While the renovations offer a fresh new look, our customers tell us the new innovations are major time savers and make shopping easier.”

Customers at the Parkersburg Walmart will enjoy the following store improvements as part of the remodel:

* State-of-the-art electronics department with interactive displays that allow customers to test out electronics in person before purchasing

* Modernized grocery layout with wider aisles, new deli counter, hot case, all new produce tables and expanded selection of Gluten free products

* Expanded and relocated pet department with refrigerated pet food now available

* Expanded our infant department

* Installation of a new family restroom providing further convenience to customers with children

* New signage, lighting and flooring throughout the entire store for better line of sight and easier navigation

* Fresh painting on the inside and outside of the store

* New shelving and lower fixtures for improved store flow

* Increased number of products in sporting good and hardware

* Expanded Money Center that includes an extra register and more than double the floor space for customers speed at checkout

Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that gives them the options to shop when, where and how they want.

Walmart Pickup Towers are 16-foot, high-tech vending machines capable of fulfilling an online order in less than a minute after the customer arrives at the store. It’s easy to do.

Once the order is ready, the customer steps up to the Pickup Tower and scans the barcode that was sent to their smartphone to retrieve the item. The Parkersburg Walmart is one of nine stores across West Virginia to receive the Pickup Tower this year.

With the grocery pickup option, customers have the convenience of shopping online and quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars. The option is offered at no additional cost.

Walmart will expand the popular program to eight stores across West Virginia by the end of the year.

Today, product is unloaded as it arrives at the store through a complex, highly manual process that has seen little innovation over the last 50 years — until now. A new system in Walmart backrooms — known as FAST Unloader — automatically scans and sorts items that come off trucks based on priority and department, allowing associates to spend less time unloading in the backroom and more time on the sales floor with customers. The Parkersburg Walmart started utilizing this innovation in April and is among the 23 West Virginia stores to receive it in 2019.

Walmart in West Virginia employs 11,303 associates in West Virginia. Walmart spent $194 million with West Virginia suppliers in 2019, supporting 8,423 supplier jobs.

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