Walmart expects to spend an estimated $87.5 million this year in Illinois through the remodeling of 16 stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations.
“We’re committed to giving our customers the best experience both in store and online, and that starts with making it easy to shop how and when you want,” said Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager Dale Murphy. “We’re really excited to expand these popular innovations in communities across Illinois.”
Walmart plans to remodel the following 16 Illinois stores in 2019:
• 6660 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey
• 1316 S. State St., Jerseyville
• 1640 S. Galena Ave., Dixon
• 801 Meacham Rd., Elk Grove Village
• 1300 Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park
• 3801 Running Brook Farms Blvd., Johnsburg
• 15150 US Highway 150, Paris
• 2111 Claude Bailey Pkwy., Princeton
• 7219 Walton St., Rockford
• 3849 Northridge Dr., Rockford
• 3902 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford
• 1870 W. Main St., Salem
• 1410 N. Market St., Sparta
• 4115 E. Lincolnway, Sterling
• 1530 W. Springfield Rd., Taylorville
• 555 E. Townline Rd., Vernon Hills
The company also expects to roll out or expand customer-focused innovations this year in Illinois:
(1) Grocery Pickup
• Walmart plans to expand the popular program to 40 stores across Illinois 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
• This year, Walmart plans to add the service to 37 Illinois 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. 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 22 Pickup Towers to stores across Illinois.
(4) FAST Unloader
• 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 50 stores in Illinois.
(5) 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 52 stores across Illinois this year.