The town I work in has many stores to choose from for your shopping pleasure. Ok, when I say “many” I mean a few and for a town this size I think it’s pretty good. There’s Target, Shopko, JCPenney’s, the Fleet Farm store, a couple of clothing stores in the mall and Walmart.
I shop at Walmart because of the prices. Let’s face it, they’re usually the cheapest on most everything so I put up with the crazies, the aisles that are too full to push a cart through and the smelly cashiers. It’s not the only place in town to buy groceries, but when I say things are cheaper, groceries are what I’m talking about. And when we’re talking about the $$$ you spend on the damn things it matters what you paid for them!
Anywho, I was on call this weekend and Friday evening I ran out to get something to eat and on my way by Walmart I noticed they had painted it! Instead of a big ugly gray building, it’s now a big not as ugly but still ugly tan building. I do recall seeing news reports a while back that Walmart was redesigning their stores to make shopping a more pleasurable experience. They are widening their aisles and de-cluttering them, they are lowering the shelving units and all around “updating” things. I decided to swing by and pick up a few things for the weekend and see what they’ve done to the place.
Well, they’ve done a lot but there’s A LOT to be desired. First thing I noticed was the shelving units were in fact shorter and they had arranged the aisles differently so now instead of noticing the “nice aisles”, I notice how horrible the floor looks. They got new signs for each department and I have to say they are easier to read. Not easier to find my stuff, but easier to read. Then I notice that they painted the grocery section to try and look more like an upscale grocery store. Like the ugly gold/yellow color on the wall is going to make me spend more money! Then I notice that I can’t find a damn thing! Remember how I said they moved the aisles in different directions? Yeah, they also moved EVERYTHING that use to have a place and I knew EXACTLY where to go for the stuff I wanted! The only thing that was in the same spot was the beauty stuff. Everything else is like hunting through a corn maze! ARRRRRGH!!!!
The grocery section is really messed up I think! They moved bread from the front of the store to the back wall in the middle section! BUT, the bakery items are still up front. The cleaning supplies are in the middle now and I have no idea what happened to the baking aisle! I hate that! Why why why mess with something if it’s not broken? This was the one Walmart around that I actually didn’t mind going to and now I have to learn it all again. Everything flowed nicely, it all made sense (for the most part!). Now I have to go here there and everywhere to get what I need. Irritating! It’s even more irritating b/c it’s STILL WALMART! You can try and change all you want. You can try and get people to think you’re more like Target or Cashwise but guess what? If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck!