ARLINGTON – Walmart Supercenter has a new look after a $4 million remodel and more features that cater to both in-store and online shoppers.
The store at 4010 172nd St. NE hosted a grand reopening with customers last Saturday, celebrating the makeover that started over three months ago with the transforming or expanding of several departments.
“We’re super excited about the refresh,” Arlington store manager Brock Caskey said. “It has been eight years since the last remodel.”
The improvements were part of a $36 million remodeling project for seven Walmart stores across the state.
The facelift should be recognizable to customers before entering, with a new color scheme that changed building browns to gray and bright blue. Inside, the blue, yellow and gray wall colors have been replaced with white paint and color images to “create a cleaner, more inviting look,” Caskey said.
Store improvements by department include more products and new layouts in deli, produce, bakery, grocery, garden, hardware and sporting goods.
“Our expanded selection in departments throughout the store, particularly in grocery and dairy, will allow us to better serve our customers,” Caskey said,
The produce section added new display cases for organically grown produce and realigned shelf space with wider aisles to open up the department closest to the main entrance.
The dairy section underwent drastic changes, too, including adding a new aisle-long cooler that enabled the store to offer a larger selection of grocery and dairy items on par with larger Walmarts like the Tulalip store.
Before self-checkout registers became the wave of the future, the store had eight near the entrance in a cordoned off area. Now they have triple that number available.
Caskey said it’s a common misconception that stores add self-checkout to reduce the number of cashiers, but that’s not the case.
“We have the same number of cashiers, but that frees them up to take care of our customers with special needs,” he said.
Grocery and merchandise pickup remain at the front of the store for people who shop online to pick up their items later. A Walmart personal shopper loads the groceries into the customer’s vehicle when they arrive, at no extra cost.
Earlier this year, the store added grocery delivery that online shoppers can use to have their items dropped at their doorstep for a small fee.
Another new feature is a central counter that combines services of the Automotive Care Center, Sporting Goods and Hardware departments, putting cross-trained associates for those specialties into a single location. That’s where mixing paint happens, too.
Caskey said only a handful of Walmart stores across the country are using the single-counter concept.
The revamp also added new signage and paint throughout the store for better line of sight and easier navigation, installed a new fitting room in apparel and gave its small garden center room to grow outside the building for spring and summer needs.