Fulton Walmart undergoes remodel

Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: Walmart associates Amber Austin (left) and Nevada Wagaman help customers at the temporary pharmacy inside the Fulton Walmart on Friday. A temporary pharmacy had to be built as the other one is currently under construction.

Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: Walmart associates Amber Austin (left) and Nevada Wagaman help customers at the temporary pharmacy inside the Fulton Walmart on Friday. A temporary pharmacy had to be built as the other one is currently under construction.

Shoppers to the Fulton Walmart may have noticed some recent rearranging and renovating going on in the store.

The renovations are part of an extensive remodel that Walmart is rolling out at several of its stores throughout the country, according to a Walmart spokesperson. Remodeling began at the Fulton Walmart on Feb. 21 and the expected completion date is some time in April.

Fulton Store Manager Tony Loehr said the renovations, among other things, will produce an expanded pharmacy; wider, more accessible aisles; and new refrigeration and freezer units. He added that the basic layout of the store would remain the same; the renovations are just to “enhance the customer shopping experience.”

“I think the overall shopping experience for our customers will be cleaner, more spacious, a little more inviting,” Loehr said.

The bulk of the remodeling work is done during the overnight hours to limit disruption for customers. Loehr said the store has also hired about 75 more associates to help with the additional work the renovations will produce, such as reorganizing items and filling shelves.

Terri Mallioux, Walmart spokesperson, stated every department of the store will be updated “including all new shelving, signing, flooring and product assortment.”

The store will remain open during the remodel, and Loehr said the customer comments he’s had have been positive.

“Our customers seem to be very understanding,” he said.

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