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Grocery is a linchpin of a $175 million investment by Walmart to upgrade its Canadian store network for a better omnichannel experience.

Walmart Canada said Thursday that it plans to refurbish or update 23 stores by February to create a “seamless intersection” of in-store and online shopping.

As part of that effort, the retailer has opened a new supercenter in Burnaby, British Columbia, that features a large selection of East Asian food. It also recently converted three stores in Newfoundland to supercenters, making that format and its fresh grocery offering available in every province.

Physical updates bring a new look and feel to the stores, including wider aisles, a refreshed color palette, new signage and, at some locations, a revamped storefront design to provide clearer access, Walmart Canada said.

To optimize the omnichannel experience, the stores will feature dedicated parking

spaces for online grocery pickup and new interior areas that facilitate the interaction of e-commerce and brick-and-mortar operations to process online orders faster.

Customers also will find an expanded product assortment, including new ethnic and organic items, which will “further integrate stores into the community,” according to the company.

“This investment in our stores is part of our…