Big boxes taking a turn for the better? As has been beaten to a pulp on this forum is the sterility of the big box and how they sprawl out into a sea of parking with little to no concern for the built environment or design. However, this article only deals with improvements to the interior; attempting to make shopping at Wal-Mart something more than perusing a warehouse for necessities, and taking back some market share from Target at the same time. Now only if something could be done to the exterior and the view from the street.
However,The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailing giant is in the midst of an ambitious plan to spiff up a whopping 1,800 stores over an 18-month period. The project, which is scheduled to be completed by October, is in addition to another 322 full store remodels — slightly more than the typical 300 — that the company completed last year
“This is not about moving Wal-Mart to go more upscale,” spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said of the company’s broader strategy. “It’s about where Wal-Mart’s going to be a better store of the community for each community we serve.”
... the company is right to undertake an ambitious remodel effort, noting that many of the stores appear rundown in comparison to competitors such as Target. Still, he expects it to be some time before the remodels pay off.