SAN JOSE — As retailers scramble to adjust to an era where shopping is spread between stores, computers and mobile devices, Walmart on Wednesday said it is making a $145 million investment in its California stores over the next year.
The money will be used to open or remodel 34 stores in the state — including revamping stores in San Jose, Fairfield and the Central Valley — and rolling out several new programs that Walmart says are designed to help customers save time and money.
Walmart will renovate its San Jose store at 5095 Almaden Expressway and a store in Fairfield at 2701 N. Texas Street. Other planned renovations will occur at stores in Stockton, Sacramento, Yuba City and others, as well as the opening of a new Walmart Supercenter in Fresno.
It’s not clear exactly what the renovations will include, but according to a report from Business Insider, planned renovations at Walmart stores across the country include moving pickup service locations to the front of stores and adding lounge areas where customers can wait to collect their orders.
The retail giant is putting a big focus on merging e-commerce and brick-and-mortar shopping. To do that, it’s expanding programs like its free online grocery…