Walmart to invest $75 million in remodeling 12 west central Ohio locations


DAYTON — Building on its commitment to the communities it serves, Walmart plans to invest an estimated $75 million this year in the west central Ohio area to update and remodel 12 stores.

The 12 stores involved are located in Urbana, Findlay, Springfield, Bellefontaine, Wilmington, Greenville, Sidney, Lima, Celina, Beavercreek, Moraine and Englewood. Prior to this release, the Greenville, Sidney and Lima stores have already finished remodeling and completed their re-grand opening celebrations.

In addition to the local jobs the investment supports, these store transformations will create an updated experience for customers, including expanded shopping options to help people save time and money.

When complete, many remodeled stores will offer pick up, delivery and express delivery, which is deliveries in under two hours. These new conveniences will also make the Walmart+ membership program available to more customers. Walmart+ benefits include free shipping (no minimum), free delivery from stores ($35 minimum), a discount on fuel, a free six-month Spotify Premium membership, and a Paramount+ Essential plan subscription as well as early access offers throughout the year.

“Our local stores have never been more important to the way we serve customers today and in the future,” said Jessica Villanueva, a regional general manager at Walmart. “These stores serve a substantial number of rural communities, so whether someone is shopping in-store, online, through mobile or pick up, our brick-and-mortar stores play an important role in fulfilling those orders. These investments will make it easier for our stores and associates to get customers what they want when they want it.”

Walmart plans to transform stores in communities across the region, with details on store-specific improvements to be announced to the public ahead of each store’s re-grand opening celebrations.

The following are examples of the customer-focused improvements being made in Walmart stores across west central Ohio:

• Pickup — This fee-free service provides the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without leaving their cars. Customers using SNAP also have the option to use pickup services in most states

• Delivery — 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

• New fixtures, LED lighting and flooring throughout the entire store for better line of sight and easier navigation

• Refreshed interior and exterior, including paint and signage

• Modern, remodeled bathrooms

• Added or refreshed mother’s rooms for a clean, comfortable, and private option for nursing mothers

• Vision Center — Walmart created a Vision Center experience designed around the customer that is convenient, comfortable, and affordable and offers an assortment of quality eyeglasses and sunglasses with prescription lenses

• Front-end transformation with increased numbers of self-checkout lanes and manned registers for customer convenience

• Expansion of departments including a wider variety of products and summer merchandise to allow for summer fun year-round

• Walmart Pay — a touch-free way to pay

With 21 supercenters and four Sam’s clubs in west central Ohio, Walmart employs more than 1,000 associates at an average wage of more than $17.28 an hour. Associates across west central Ohio are part of a workplace culture where everyone is included. Walmart offers associates industry-leading benefits like consistent schedules associates see two weeks in advance, paid time-off, health care coverage, 401(k) match, associate discounts and a free Walmart+ membership.