Special to Iredell Free News
Walmart customers in Statesville were welcomed inside the newly transformed Supercenter at 1116 Crossroads Drive last week. The store’s associates marked the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, community celebration and a community-inspired mural unveiling by a local Statesville artist.
The event was attended by local organizations, including VFW Post 2031, North Iredell High School Band, Statesville High School Cheer Team, Iredell-Statesville Schools Bible Association, The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention, Chestnut Grove Community Center, PFLAG Charlotte and Project Linus.
During this morning’s celebration, Walmart store manager Michael Young highlighted the Supercenter’s transformed departments as well as the new interactive features now available to customers, including:
♦ Expanded online, pickup and delivery services;
♦ New digital menu boards, expanded self-check-out options and updated registers;
♦ New platform displays and light fixtures;
♦ Freshly painted interior and exterior;
♦ Statesville-inspired mural;
♦ Updated restrooms for customers;
♦ New and expanded merchandise in every department; and
♦ New signage throughout the store
“This remodel is not only an investment in the store but also in our customers and city,” said Young. “I’m proud of our associates for their hard work and for getting us to the finish line. We look forward to exceeding our customers’ expectations as we continue to serve the Statesville community.”
To reinforce Walmart’s dedication to the communities it serves, the store manager presented $9,948 in grants to local nonprofit organizations, including:
♦ $2,500 to Iredell-Statesville Schools Bible Association;
♦ $2,000 to The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention;
♦ $2,000 to Speedway Children’s Charities;
♦ $2,000 to Chestnut Grove Community Center;
♦ $948 to PFLAG Charlotte; and
♦ $500 to Project Linus
The Supercenter’s new mural, designed and illustrated by a local artist is an eye-catching piece that reflects the diversity and local cultures of Statesville, and is part of Walmart’s Community Mural Program, the largest public-facing art installation celebrating communities across America.
Statesville’s Walmart transformations are a part of Walmart’s Signature Experience, which seeks to inspire customers and elevate their in-store experience. Upgrades at the Statesville Walmart Supercenter include:
♦ Activated corners: Exciting displays are featured at the corners of certain departments to pull customers in and help them touch, feel and become a part of the space, allowing them to discover all that Walmart has to offer.
♦ Elevated departments: Transformed stores feature displays showcasing products that are out of their boxes so customers can imagine them fitting into their daily lives.
♦ More space to discover: Walmart has purposefully created more space for customers to explore and discover the breadth and depth of what their local store has to offer.
♦ Digital touchpoints: These new touchpoints located throughout the store help to communicate to customers the vast range of products and services Walmart offers online through the use of QR codes and digital screens. For example, in Walmart’s Pets area, a customer may scan the QR code to find additional dog bed options, learn about Walmart’s pet insurance service options or have a 20-pound bag of kibble delivered to their door.
In addition, Statesville Walmart customers can save time and money by shopping when, where and how they want. The Statesville store continues to offer the following innovations:
♦ Pickup – Walmart’s Pickup option has become a favorite among busy shoppers. It provides the convenience of online shopping and allows them to quickly collect their groceries without stepping out of their vehicles. The best part is that Walmart Grocery Pickup is completely free of charge.
♦ Delivery – Walmart’s convenient delivery service is also a hit with customers. Even more, Walmart has now made both pickup and delivery contact free. Express delivery – customers now have the option to have their deliveries made in under two hours.
♦ Walmart Pay – a touch-free way to pay