The Wal-mart by my work recently became a Super Walmart. I guess that was Project Impact. It is much nicer than before and nicer than the super walmarts that i've been to before. I do see the nicer displays, more open floor plan. I enjoy shopping there because I can get a majority of my shopping done in one stop. Lots of the GV products are kosher, which is a big plus for me! I noticed that they have a "Money Center" there which I think is Walmart's expansion into banking/financial services?
However, I was disappointed that a few weeks after construction was complete, I noticed they raised prices on a few items that I buy regularly, while at the regular walmart they are still the same price. Also, I still have not had anyone ask me if I needed help, nor could I find anyone when I needed to get something off of a high shelf.
The walmart nearer to my house has started construction, I assume for the same type of project. I hope they don't raise prices too. It is in a less affluent area and very close to a Target, so maybe not?
The walmarts that I regularly shop at, here and back in my hometown, have always been pretty clean and bright. Even the one that is about 15 years old and not in the nicest neighborhood.
What I would really like to see is more Neighborhood Markets. This is just the grocery store part; I used to shop there in my hometown, I could get just about anything I needed there and rarely needed to go to the regular walmart.
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I absolutely hate Walmart for many reasons and the environment is one of them. I recently visited a friend while she was at work at a new store and they don't look much better. They have brighter florescent lighting and pergo floors now. That cosmetic change won't fix the place. They've also eliminated the music, so you can hear everything in there. It's kind of creepy. It may just be me but I enjoy background music.
This business model of destroying all competition is distasteful and greedy. I personally value selection over price. As far as selection goes, Walmart is horrible.
Well, I am going to stop there before my rant goes further. Regardless of change, they still won't get my money.
I live in a small town with a Super Walmart. I went last week to buy some fabric for a project. The lady at the fabric counter (she's in her EIGHTIES!!! I love her, she's sweet and helpful), told me that starting at the end of the year, the WalMart will be remodeled.
They are removing the fabric, sewing, and crafts section, and merging the school supplies area with scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is the only "crafting or art" they are keeping. I don't scrapbook (no offense, and I don't understand the appeal either, again, no offense), but it seems like in my rural area, there are many more people who sew than scrapbook.
I was so upset. The nearest Hobby Lobby is in the next town over, and many times, the only day I have time to do any sewing or crafting is on Sunday, and HL is closed.
That nice lady seemed rather upset about the changes. As was I. I mean, for me not to be able to buy a BUTTON from a "Super WalMart" is just stupid, to me.
I'm glad you mentioned about the fabric dept. This was eliminated at the super walmart I go to that was just remodeled. I didn't realize it was happening elsewhere. That is upsetting. Walmart is the only place that I buy fabric.
Yes it is upsetting. I've only lived here for 4 years, but I'm an artist, and have recently gotten into sewing. There are times when I need an art supply at midnight, and a quick trip to WalMart usually does the trick.
That nice lady has been working in the fabric department as long as I've lived here, and has probably worked there a VERY long time. When she was telling me about it, I swear I thought she was about to cry. It upset me too.
Like I said, I live in a very rural area in the South. Also, my town has a lot of older women who love to sew (and make beautiful things), and I wonder how they feel about it.
I am actually surprised to hear that your WM still had fabric. All of the ones around here stopped selling fabric 2-3 years ago (right before I started boycotting the store). It made me so angry too. They chased JoAnn's out of our city, and then discontinued fabric and notions. ugh!
On another topic, what type of art do you primarily make? I actually work at a studio and do free-lance, and primarily work in oils and occasionally do additive sculpture/found object. I'm also a photographer.
I definately have a love/hate relationship with Wal Mart.
I love Wal-Mart.
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