January 25, 2005

Comparing WM to a WM Supercenter

How does a Wal-Mart supercenter differ from a regular WM? That's not an easy question to answer:

BAXTER -- The Wal-Mart Super Center on Glory Road opens Wednesday morning.

There are notable differences in the new superstore compared to the "old" Wal-Mart. The 30 check-out lanes include eight self-serve options where customers can scan their own purchases and pay themselves. Customers can use coupons and pay by cash or credit card. Kirk Helmberger, Wal-Mart store manager, said the self check-out lanes have been popular at other stores.

Helmberger, who has been with Wal-Mart for about 15 years, said noticeable changes are wider aisles and much more room compared to the old store that was crowded with merchandise....

The new store features television screens hanging above the aisles in several locations that are part of the Wal-Mart TV network....

Helmberger told staff members he was proud of the work they did in transforming the store from four walls and poles into the finished version with wide, neat aisles, a full grocery store with produce, deli, bakery and a live lobster tank. The lobsters are flown in from Maine....

Independent businesses are inside the superstore -- McDonald's, Regal Nails, PCA Studios, Smart Style salon, and Wal-Mart is operating a Fun Center arcade. The store includes a Tire Lube Express, pharmacy, one-hour photo and a connection center with cell phones and satellite televisions/radios and several service plans, and H&R Block is in the store for the tax season.

Posted by Kevin on January, 25 2005 at 10:52 AM