Walmart Canada has announced an investment of more than $200 million to refurbish and refresh 31 stores across Canada over the next year.
The investment builds on the company’s $175 million commitment last year to its store network, and it brings the total Walmart Canada has invested in its store network over the past five years to more than $1 billion.
A company spokesperson told Grocery Business that Walmart Canada is focused on “enhancing its fresh and food offering and seamlessly integrating e-commerce with bricks-and-mortar stores.” The fresh food Supercentre format will be rolled out to more stores and the company says it will create “a more seamless experience” for customers ordering on Walmart.ca and picking up at their local store.
In a statement, Walmart Canada described the planned enhancements as follows:
- Better experience for customers shopping online and picking up in stores: Updated features include dedicated parking spaces for online grocery pickup and new areas in stores devoted to online orders.
- Wider assortment and increased customer offering: Focus on food assortment and fresh, adding in bakery departments and hot food offerings, as well as introducing new licensees to stores for increased customer convenience.
- Contemporary updates: Physical updates that provide a refreshed look and feel, including rearranged stores, updated colour palette, new signage and initiatives to make stores fun and engaging for customers.
Approximately 3.250 construction jobs will be created to support the upgrades, the company says.
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