Walmart Canada is closing six shops and spending $500 million to improve greater than half its remaining areas in a bid to enhance the “appear and feel” of its shops and improve its on-line enterprise.
The Mississauga, Ont., primarily based retailer mentioned staff on the closing shops will likely be provided positions at close by shops as every of the impacted areas is in a market that’s already served by different Walmart shops.
The chain mentioned in a information launch that the next areas will likely be closing:
Calgary (Deer Valley). Edmonton (Abbotsfield). Hamilton (County Honest). Kitchener East, Ont. Malton, Ont. St. John’s (Topsail Highway).
Walmart Canada mentioned the file $500-million funding contains the launch of the retailer’s first automated market fulfilment centre contained in the Scarborough West Walmart Supercentre.
Development has already began on the operation, which can see automated on-line grocery choosing and shelling out and automatic kiosks that can function merchandising machines for on-line grocery orders, the corporate mentioned.
Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO of Walmart Canada, mentioned the corporate needs to modernize all facets of its enterprise with a concentrate on shops and serving clients “in additional omnichannel methods.”
In the meantime, the retailer mentioned it is also investing in additional prosaic retailer upgrades, together with repairs, paint, lighting, signage and enhancements to workers lounges.
The corporate can be revamping the structure of choose shops, enhancing the pickup areas for on-line orders in its highest e-commerce quantity shops and changing shops in Calgary and Kitchener, Ont., to supercentres.
The upgrades this 12 months are a part of the retailer’s deliberate $3.5-billion funding to enhance on-line and in-store procuring over the following 5 years.
“When a buyer chooses to buy at our shops we need to do all the pieces we will to make sure they’re met with the very best and most trendy expertise potential,” Sam Wankowski, Walmart Canada’s chief operations officer mentioned in an announcement.
“We’re making numerous enhancements, together with digitizing the expertise to be extra modern and making a extra environment friendly retailer to serve our clients no matter how they select to buy with us.”