Walmart is celebrating the grand re-opening of the remodeled Princeton Supercenter, which includes the launch of a Pickup Tower and the retailer’s free Grocery Pickup service, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, November 1 at 8 a.m. Princeton residents are invited to celebrate with family-friendly activities, refreshments, giveaways and samples while supplies last. Members of the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce will join the celebration, along with local American Legion Post #125 which will be presenting the colors.
The improvements at the Princeton Supercenter are part of Walmart’s plan to spend an estimated $87.5 million this year in Illinois through the remodeling of 16 stores and continued expansion of several innovations that save customers time and money, like Pickup Towers and Walmart Grocery Pickup.
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 added 22 Pickup Towers to stores across Illinois, including the new Tower at the Princeton store.
Walmart Grocery Pickup
Busy customers love Walmart’s grocery pickup option, which combines 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 expanded the popular program to 40 stores across Illinois this year.
Along with the Pickup Tower and Walmart Grocery Pickup, Princeton customers will enjoy the following store improvements as part of the store’s remodel:
- State-of-the-art electronics department with interactive displays that allow customers to test out electronics in-person before purchasing
- Installation of Mother’s Room for privacy and convenience of mothers to nurse
- Revitalized apparel department, including updated fitting rooms with better lighting and more room
- Modernized grocery layout, including new grocery items available for purchase
- Expanded pet department to include additional animal food options
- New hardlines desk that combines service for automotive, hardware and sporting goods
“We’re excited to welcome Princeton customers to our remodeled Supercenter and introduce them to our new Pickup Tower and Walmart Grocery Pickup innovations,” said Store Manager Michael Seamster. “These new store features will help Princeton shoppers save time and make for a better shopping experience.”
In addition to store remodels, 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 have been expanded this year in Illinois.
- Grocery Delivery - Walmart's convenient grocery delivery service is also proving to be a hit with customers. This year, Walmart added the service to 37 Illinois stores, increasing its coverage area in the state.
- 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 expanded the technology to 50 stores in Illinois.
- 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 expanded the technology to 52 stores across Illinois this year.