RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Walmart announced its plan on Wednesday to spend an estimated $103 million to improve stores in Virginia with new technology and upgrades. The retail giant also plans on constructing a new store in Leesburg.
Thirteen stores in the Commonwealth, including one in Ashland and Fredericksburg, will be remodeled.
“2019 is off to great start and is going to be an exciting year for Walmart,” said Brent Rains, Walmart Regional General Manager. “We have been busy remodeling stores, adding new technologies and expanding services that our customers love like Grocery Pickup. Our focus continues to be on improving the customer experience and providing them with more ways to shop how and when they want.”
New Store Construction:
- 19360 Compass Creek Parkway, Leesburg, VA
- 7910 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
- 145 Hill Carter Parkway, Ashland
- 6000 Burke Commons Road, Burke
- 515 Mount Cross Road, Danville
- 7373 Peppers Ferry Boulevard, Fairlawn
- 11 Village Parkway, Fredericksburg
- 125 Washington Square Plaza, Fredericksburg
- 6819 Walton Lane, Gloucester
- 3227 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg
- 160 Kinter Way, Pearisburg
- 3471 Old Halifax Road, South Boston
- 2350 S Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester
The company also plans to bring innovations to stores in 2019: grocery pickup, grocery delivery, pickup towers, FAST unloaders, and autonomous floor scrubbers.
Walmart is planning on making grocery pickups available at 22 stores in Virginia and delivery to 25 stores to increase its coverage area.
The pickup towers are described as “16-feet tall, high-tech vending machines” that can make it easy for online shoppers to pick up their products at the store. Customers can walk into the store, step up to a pickup tower and scan the barcode to get the item less than a minute once they arrive at the store.
Walmart hopes to add 18 pickup towers to Virginia stores.
A FAST unloader allows store employees to work more efficiently, making unloading in the backroom quicker so they can work on the sales floor with shoppers. Walmart hopes to have this technology in 33 stores across the Commonwealth.
Walmart also plans to have autonomous floor scrubbers at 41 stores in Virginia that will clean and scrub the concrete floors of the store.