Walmart at Pawnee and Broadway to get facelift

05/26/2010 12:00 AM

05/26/2010 7:01 AM

The Walmart at Broadway and Pawnee is getting a much-needed facelift.

Between now and July, crews will replace or upgrade the tile floor, the fixtures, the signs and the restrooms. The electronics section will double in size.

In one of the biggest changes, the grocery section will expand, store manager John Lamont said this week. The store sells more groceries than any Walmart in the city.

The expansion includes dramatically bulking up Hispanic food offerings to serve the store's large Hispanic customer base.

The clothing offerings will shrink, Lamont said.

Another big change is switching from tall displays and narrow aisles to shorter displays and wider aisles.

For instance, shoes — which are now in racks 78 inches high — will move into ones 60 inches high. That eliminates the sense of being walled in.

"It's really to make a better shopping experience," Lamont said. "You have visibility across the store."

The store hasn't been updated since the grocery store was added in 2004.

The south-side Walmart will resemble the West Kellogg store, which was renovated last year, Lamont said.

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