The Murphy USA gas station at the East Rome Walmart at 825 Cartersville Hwy. is now temporarily closed for renovations. Fencing is up and crews have already taken out fuel pumps. It will be closed for the next few months, reopening in Summer 2019.
This is part of a bigger $1.5 million remodeling project coming this summer to the East Rome Walmart. The project is part of a $104 million effort to remodel 18 stores across Georgia that also includes the West Rome Walmart at 2510 Redmond Circle and the Calhoun Walmart at 450 W. Belmont Drive. The West Rome store’s remodeling project took place earlier this year. Look for Calhoun’s $1.5 million remodeling project to start later this summer as well.
“There is significant momentum in the reinvention of shopping for Walmart customers across Georgia,” said Regional General Manager Paul Lewellen. “By investing $104 million in remodels and customer-focused innovations, such as grocery delivery and grocery pickup, we are able to save our customers time and money. Walmart’s continued commitment to innovation not only helps us serve our customers better, but also allows our associates to do their jobs better – and more efficiently.”
According to a corporate release, Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that gives them the options to shop when, where and how they want. The following are examples of the customer-focused innovations that will be expanded this year in Georgia. Walmart officials will not yet say which new options will be added to the East Rome or Calhoun locations.
(1) Grocery Pickup
Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option. It gives them the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars. The best part: it’s all at no additional cost. Walmart plans to expand the popular program to more than 52 additional stores across the state by the end of the year. The company also recently introduced Walmart Voice Order, which allows customers to simply say “Hey Google, talk to Walmart” and the Google Assistant will add items directly to their Walmart Grocery cart.
(2) Grocery Delivery
Walmart’s convenient grocery delivery service is also proving to be a hit with customers. This year, Walmart plans to add the service to 36 stores, increasing its coverage area in the state.
(3) Walmart Pickup Towers
Walmart Pickup Towers are 16-feet tall, high-tech vending machines capable of fulfilling a customer’s online order in less than a minute once they arrive at the store. It’s easy to do– once the order is ready, step up to the Pickup Tower and scan the barcode sent to your smartphone to retrieve your item. This year, Walmart plans to add 37 Pickup Towers to stores across the state.
(4) Autonomous Shelf Scanner
These scanners use automation to scan shelves and help identify where in-stock levels are low, prices are wrong, or labels are missing. In addition, the scanners provide a real-time view of inventory in the store– information used to direct associates to the areas of the store that need the most attention. This year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to 4 additional stores across the state.
(5) FAST Unloader
Today, product is unloaded as it arrives at the store through a complex, highly manual process that has seen little innovation over the last 50 years – until now. A new system in Walmart backrooms- known as FAST-automatically scans and sorts items that come off trucks based on priority and department, allowing associates to spend less time unloading in the backroom and more time on the sales floor with customers. This year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to 62 stores across the state.
(6) Autonomous Floor Scrubber
The autonomous floor scrubber uses assisted autonomy technology to perform the task of cleaning and scrubbing the concrete floors in stores. The company plans to expand the technology to 68 stores across the state this year.