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Wilson’s Walmart plans massive revamp

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The new year will come with a new look for Wilson’s main Walmart store on Forest Hills Road.

“Walmart is focused on making the customer experience in our stores fast and friendly and providing our customers with new ways to shop how and when they want, whether it’s in-store or online,” said Phillip Keene, Walmart director of communications for the Southeast. “We have been remodeling our current stores here in North Carolina and across the country, adding new technologies and innovations like online grocery pickup, so our customers have a seamless and convenient shopping experience.

“Walmart is known as a one-stop-shop and we are working hard to make improvements for today’s customer.”

The 180,000 square-foot store opened in July 1993 and employs roughly 300 people. Keene said starting in January, crews will begin a three-month remodel that will include new flooring and lighting, additional self-checkouts, new interactive displays in electronics and updates to other departments as well as moving the Pickup Today service to the front of the store.

Walmart announced a $70 million investment in North Carolina stores earlier this year, including improvements to the store in Nashville. Among the innovations rolled out at stores are grocery pickup, Mobile Express Scan & Go that allows shoppers to scan barcodes with cellphones while they shop and skip the checkout and the Walmart pickup towers to retrieve online orders in the store.

“With a new and improved shopping experience, we are offering more convenient shopping options to our customers while saving them time and money,” said Kate Mora, Walmart regional manager for North Carolina. “We look forward to continuing to invest in North Carolina and bringing these options, and new ones, to even more customers across the Tar Heel State.”

TOP HONORS

Robert Hiett, the executive director of the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, was the first-ever inductee into the Georgia Transit Association Hall of Fame.

Before taking the Wilson position this summer, Hiett served for six years as the Georgia Transit Association president and spent more than a decade as its legislative committee chairman. He helped to build a statewide coalition of transportation advocates from urban and rural areas and advocated for $175 million in new transit funding. He also administered the state’s first regional rural public transit system across six counties.

“Robert’s contributions over the years reflect great credit upon himself, the Georgia Transit Association and the state of Georgia,” said GTA President Curtis Kolebar. “Through his dedication, accomplishments and being a strong and effective voice for transportation throughout rural Georgia, it is our pleasure in recognizing him with GTA’s highest honor.”

EXTRA! EXTRA!

Arkham Comix is collecting cans for the Wilson Soup Kitchen with two separate events this weekend. On Saturday, customers are invited to bring two larger (No. 10) canned goods in exchange for a picture with Deadpool, The Krampus or other characters there from noon to 5 p.m. “The Night Before Krampus” author R.J. Marchese will be there as well Brian Wingrove, who has a new comic book he wrote and illustrated with a variety of artists to complement each of the book’s characters.

On Sunday, the 501st Legion Carolina Garrison will be in the shop taking pictures in exchange for donated canned goods from noon to 5 p.m. The Eastern Exotics Wildlife Foundation will have several animals on-site and will be collecting donations to help with wildlife conservation.

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