It’s official! I no longer have to drive 45 minutes to get to Wal-Mart. No more driving through the back roads, over dangerous mountains. Just 15 minutes and 4 turns and we’re there!
Our new Wal-Mart is a proto-type Wal-mart. In my opinion, it looks more like a strip mall on the outside, and a Target on the inside. The shelves are low and open, and the aisles are wide. When I first went to our new Wal-Mart, I had to park forever and a day away, but when I got inside, I was shocked! I could actually get through the aisles without running over 50 people in the process. Another feature that I just love is that they’ve combined the Service Desk, Site-to-Store pickup center, and the Photo Lab all in the front of the store. Easy access, and easy in-and-out on the days when I don’t have a lot of time. One thing I hate, though, is that they took my fabric section away and made my craft section less than one full aisle. 🙁 I guess if I need fabric, I’ll go to the local fabric stores and pay more, or drive 45 minutes to the other Wal-Mart.
The new Wal-Mart is also a little greener. And I mean that in more ways than one. The outside of the Wal-Mart is green and brick. Certainly the fanciest Wal-Mart I’ve ever seen. But on the inside, they’ve made some eco-friendly changes. The press release states:
The store’s skylights harvest daylight and reduce the amount of energy required to light the store by up to 75 percent daily. LED lighting in the store operates 70 percent more efficiently than traditional fluorescent lighting.
The cement used in the concrete flooring is made with recycled materials, and the floor’s finish reduces the need for chemical cleaners. Low-flow toilets and faucets reduce the water used in the bathrooms. The new store also operates a recycling program and will promote sustainable product purchases.
Very cool, Wal-Mart!
People in our area fought against Wal-Mart coming into our area. There were petitions and everything. Their point is that we are a small town and they want to keep the small town feel. People down here do not like change. What they could not dismiss is the fact that the new Wal-Mart would bring in over 250 new jobs, something our area has desperately needed.
Granted, Wal-Mart may end up putting many of the small-chained grocery stores out of business. Right now, our local Bi-Lo has milk on sale for 99 cents, trying to lull customers in and get them to buy more. And it doesn’t help a thing that our Ingles is under contruction right now with plans to open a much larger store sometime next year. I’m confident that Ingles will do well and will thrive once the newness of Wal-Mart wears off. Ingles has loyal customers, and the Wal-Marts down here are not known for keeping their food section stocked or organized well. And, Ingles keeps their prices at about the same price as Wal-Mart anyway, and offers specials, so I know I’ll continue to shop there.
I’m just really glad to have the convenience of a Wal-Mart just a few minutes away again. It’s about time!