Changes are happening inside and out as the Pratt Walmart store undergoes a multi million dollar facelift.
There’s a lot of activity going on at Walmart in Pratt as the store undergoes a multi million dollar remodel both inside and out.
Paving crews are busy grinding up the old asphalt in preparation for a fresh, new layer on the parking lot. A special machine grinds up the material and delivers it to a truck as both move in unison across the parking lot. Other machines sweep the surface clean so pavers can lay down a consistent surface.
Inside the store, the tile on the floor is disappearing as crews work their way across the building. Once the tile is removed, the concrete underneath is polished and will be the walking surface once the renovation is complete. There will not be tile on the floor, said assistant manager Carlie Hoffman.The building got a new coat of interior paint as part of the three month remodeling.
One of the more important changes is the pickup tower that will be located in the self checkout area. Customers will be able to go on-line and purchase items then come to the store and they will be waiting for them at the pickup tower area. Customers will enter their order number and get their merchandise out of a locker. Customers can go on-line and visit walmart.com for information.
Construction always causes inconveniences. The pharmacy has been moved to a temporary location while the original area gets a fresh coat of paint. Eventually, the pharmacy will move back to its original location, Hoffman said.
When the project is complete, almost everything in the store will be in exactly the same location it was prior to the remodel. One thing that has changed location is the stationary area. It will be next to the photo lab.
While the merchandise will be in the same location, it will be sitting on new shelving. The shelves look like the old ones so that part of the store will look the same.
The jewelry department will be in the same location but fine jewelry will no longer be sold there. Just costume jewelry will be sold in that department. Hardware is expanding and customers will notice there are new items in that department.
New signage is coming and will be in place for the reopen date scheduled for July 27, Hoffman said.
Back out in the parking lot, the lights are getting new bulbs.
Work is progressing in and outside the store and it won’t be long until the new look at Walmart is complete. The total remodel process will take about three months.