Walmart Plans Estimated $173 Million in Florida New Store Construction, Store Improvements and Innovations in 2019
Florida customers gaining more convenience and shopping options across the state
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $173 million this year in Florida through the opening and remodeling of 34 stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations.
“Our leadership has a fantastic vision for how we need to evolve and adopt to further position us as a leader in retail innovation, and I’m proud of the work our associates are doing to stay at the forefront of that change,” said Elise Vasquez-Warner, a vice president and regional general manager for Walmart in Florida. “If you consider that almost every innovation being tested in the company right now is happening in our state, you can see why Florida is such an important area geographically for the business. We’re certainly building off strong momentum from last year to serve our Florida customers in new and exciting ways and help our associates work smarter, easier and faster.”
2019 Walmart New Store Construction and Remodels in Florida
Walmart plans to build and remodel stores in the following locations:
New Store Construction
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 14720 SW 26th St, Miami
- Walmart Supercenter, 5315 Cortez Road W., Bradenton
- Walmart Supercenter, 2700 Clearlake Road, Cocoa
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1905 N. Nova Road, Daytona Beach
- Walmart Supercenter, 11012 N. Williams St., Dunnellon
- Walmart Supercenter, 904 Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee
- Walmart Supercenter, 5800 U.S. Highway 98 N., Lakeland
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 3550 S. Babcock St., Melbourne
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 3950 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne
- Walmart Supercenter, 8500 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne
- Walmart Supercenter, 17030 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora
- Walmart Supercenter, 6745 N. Church Ave., Mulberry
- Walmart Supercenter, 10500 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee
- Walmart Supercenter, 3801 Tampa Road, Oldsmar
- Walmart Supercenter, 2400 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City
- Walmart Supercenter, 1040 Malabar Road S.E., Palm Bay
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 10863 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview
- Walmart Supercenter, 2701 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa
- Walmart Supercenter, 4150 Tamiami Trail S., Venice
- Walmart Supercenter, 3351 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview
- Walmart Supercenter, 15017 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin
- Walmart Supercenter, 3767 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze
- Walmart Supercenter, 13227 City Square Drive, Jacksonville
- Walmart Supercenter, 2255 Highway 71, Marianna
- Walmart Supercenter, 10270 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach
- Walmart Supercenter, 2650 Creighton Road, Pensacola
- Walmart Supercenter, 4600 Mobile Highway, Suite 122, Pensacola
- Walmart Supercenter, 5500 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee
- Walmart Supercenter, 1005 W. Sugarland Highway, Clewiston
- Walmart Supercenter, 4700 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City
- Walmart Supercenter, 2931 S. McCall Road, Englewood
- Walmart Neighborhood Market, 400 W. 49th St., Hialeah
- Walmart Supercenter, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee
- Walmart Supercenter, 12800 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines
2019 Walmart Innovations in Florida
Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by creating a seamless shopping experience that gives them the options to shop when, where and how they want. The following are examples of the customer-focused innovations that will be expanded this year in Florida.
(1) Grocery Pickup
- Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option. It gives them the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars. The best part: it’s all at no additional cost. Walmart plans to expand the popular program to more than 72 additional stores across the state 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
- Walmart’s convenient grocery delivery service is also proving to be a hit with customers. This year, Walmart plans to add the service to 63 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. It’s easy to do-- 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 36 Pickup Towers to stores across the state.
(4) Autonomous Shelf Scanner
- These scanners use automation to scan shelves and help identify where in-stock levels are low, prices are wrong, or labels are missing. In addition, the scanners provide a real-time view of inventory in the store-- information used to direct associates to the areas of the store that need the most attention. This year, Walmart plans to expand the technology to 32 additional stores across the state.
(5) FAST Unloader
- Today, product is unloaded as it arrives at the store through a complex, highly manual process that has seen little innovation over the last 50 years – until now. 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 88 stores across the state.
(6) 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 112 stores across the state this year.
Background and Context
- Capital and Innovation Expenditure: The estimated spend in the state this fiscal year (Feb. 1, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020) is a portion of Walmart’s total capital expenditure guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2020, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2019.
- National Innovation Expansion Strategy: Nationwide this fiscal year Walmart plans to add an additional 1,200 autonomous floor scrubbers, 300 autonomous shelf-scanners, 1,200 FAST unloaders and 900 Pickup Towers to stores across the country. Also, the company plans to expand Online Grocery Pickup to an additional 1,000 stores and add another 800 stores across the country to the retailer’s Grocery Delivery footprint.
About Walmart in Florida
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Florida, we serve customers at 386 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery, http://Walmart.com and our family of brands. We are proud to employ 105,888 associates in Florida. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $8 billion with Florida suppliers in FYE 2019 and supporting 116,428 Florida supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FYE 2018, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $81.9 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Florida, and our Florida associates volunteered more than 53,900 hours with local causes. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting our corporate website and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.
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Christina Morton, APR
On Behalf of Walmart
Source: Walmart Inc.