- Walmart is looking to convert parking lot space into town centers in a number of states.
- Walmart’s experiment may signal a major change to the concept of the one-stop shop.
Shoppers could be facing a brave new Walmart in the near future.
The retail giant is transforming extra parking lot space into “town centers” at Walmarts in several states. These new hubs would feature a “carefully curated mix” of “local, regional, and national” retail tenants, according to a website for the project, not to mention green spaces and, in certain cases, parking systems overhauled to better facilitate the store’s grab-and-go services.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Walmart is looking to fill these town centers with restaurants, day care establishments, health clinics, bowling alleys, food trucks, bike rental stations, driving ranges, fuel stations, and more.
“The Walmart Town Center concept is an exciting approach to how we serve our customers by moving beyond the store’s four walls and reimagining how we use our unique assets — our existing stores and the surrounding land — to transform how customers experience Walmart,” a Walmart spokesperson told Business Insider.
Walmart listed a few such projects underway at select Walmart stores…