Wal-Mart remodeling to begin May 25


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Martinsburg Wal-Mart will be fully remodeled this summer as part of the company's plan to redesign about 80 percent of its existing stores in the next five to seven years, a company spokeswoman said Monday.

Work is expected to begin May 25 and continue through early August, Amy Wyatt-Moore said in a brief interview.

"The new design is based on feedback from our customers and will feature a clean, open and bright new look in the stores, including wider aisles with no product displays, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint schemes and lighting, easy-to-read signage to help customers find what they are looking for, and open aisles across the front, middle and back of the store for easier navigation," Wyatt-Moore said in an e-mail.

"Every department of the store will be updated, including all new shelving, signing, flooring and product assortment. We listened to our customers, and improved and expanded the departments they asked for (a few examples include electronics, fresh food, dairy and seasonal merchandise)," she wrote.


The building's facade at 800 Foxcroft Ave. will be updated with a new paint scheme and the new Wal-Mart logo, Wyatt-Moore said.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced in October 2008 that it was focusing on remodeling existing properties and curbing the opening of new stores, according to the company's Web site.

The remodel appears to reaffirm the company's commitment as an anchor at the mall, which has struggled financially and was placed in receivership in January, after its owner defaulted on debt payments in the fourth quarter of last year.

"As the receiver of Martinsburg Mall, Jones Lang LaSalle is putting many of its resources behind the mall to ensure that it is being run in the most effective means possible in today's economy," the Chicago-based company said in a recent statement.

"While we are still conducting necessary due diligence, we've implemented best-in-class management practices, and our leasing teams are in ongoing discussions with local, regional and national retailers," according to the statement.

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