WTH Happened to Walmart?!

new walmartThe 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!

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16 Responses to WTH Happened to Walmart?!

  1. mssc54 says:

    Maybe this will explain some things to you Sue.

    Enjoy!

    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

    See how many times YOUR state shows up. 🙂

  2. SKL says:

    Oh, no, does this mean I am going to have to use my brain in Walmart now?

    I don’t like to spend a bunch of time shopping. I know what I want, I get in & out as fast as I can. Not only am I not fond of shopping (especially the type of stuff Wal-Mart stocks), but I have 2 tots that I must tote everywhere I go. Shopping days are long enough even if I know where everything is!

    I was planning a trip to Wal-Mart this week since I haven’t had a chance to get there for over a month. Now I am looking forward to it even less.

    I’m not down on Wal-Mart – quite the opposite – but I just want to get things done quickly and without much thought. I’d feel the same way if they rearranged my “hoity toity” organic grocery store. I don’t buy groceries at Wal-Mart, though, and I’m pretty sure that the paint on the walls isn’t going to change that!

  3. shanef says:

    I used to go to the walmart by my work when I got off work at 2:30 in the morning and I was always amazed by what I saw. One morning I was there the cops where walking through the store looking for a homeless person who had a habit of pretending to shop there for hours. “pretty sad” Or you would see people that look like and smell like they have been up for a week straight on meth. I liked it though because there was only like 20 people in the store, but now they close at 11:00 p.m. which pissed me off. Although I understand why, too many weirdo’s at 3 in the morning.

  4. nikki says:

    I don’t do the grocery shopping…Jason does. I only got to Walmart if we run out of something during the day or I’m bored…OR when I specifically want something. I ONLY like my Walmart and that’s only b/c I’ve shopped there for the last 12 years or so. I don’t like when they change things around. It messes me all up! updating is all fine and dandy but I’d rather see them use the extra money for better meat and better service. I don’t care what color the store….give me a better quality of meat people! The aisles do need to be wider and shelves lower…I wonder if ours has made those changes..haven’t been in there for some time.

  5. Joy says:

    I really hate it when stores do this too. Don’t you think it’s marketing and by changing things around, you may see something you just can’t live without and buy it? It may have been hidden in a black hole before and lo and behold, there it is and you may buy it???

    I don’t hate Walmart either and that one in Hutch is a really nice one. I’m a “go down every isle” person since I don’t really go shopping very often but man, I hate it when they move everything around. Then I have to go down every isle looking instead of enjoying looking. Does that make sense?? I just like to wander around. I don’t grocery shop at Walmart unless Paul is with me though. By the time I’m done in the “junk” isles, I’m to tired to even start. The one thing I do hate and you already mentioned it is when they take “bread” for example and move it to some spot where there is no rhyme or reason for it and it’s not with the rest of the stuff that’s alike. I also hate it when they take something out of it’s spot and put it in the grocery part of the store. I just skip it then. I’m not about to go traipsing through the grocery dept for one thing that I have no idea where it will be.

    They recently did this at the Sam’s Club in St. Cloud only whoever did that one was a real bonehead. They took all the office supplies and traded spots with the mattresses and it’s such a dark spot that you can’t even see anything. I was trying to look at computer ink and pens and just gave up. Who thinks this stuff is a good idea? I’m not about to take everything I want to buy but can’t quite see to a lighter spot in the store! What a pain for the customers. It’s just plain greed. I can see moving things around but you don’t take something kind of important and put it all in the darkest corner of the store. That just makes bad marketing sense.

    • Pat says:

      actually, there is a reason for the bread moving. You will notice in most stores, that things like bread, butter, and milk are in the back of the store. This is because the stores don’t make a lot of money on them, but many people go to the store specifically to buy them, so the stores put them in the back, forcing you to look at more produce, which means that you have a higher chance of buying more than just the bread.

  6. Laura says:

    I actually like our Wal-mart. I think it’s because we’re a very tiny town (around 5,000 people), and therefore, it’s more of a “neighborhood store” than a big conglomerate that it’s become in other places. We have only the minimum allotment of weirdos and smelly beings. (Thanks, by the way, to MSSC for SCARRING ME FOR LIFE with that site. Now I must take three showers)

    I shop at Wal-mart and our local Fareway (groceries only) about equally, but lately, I’m leaning toward Fareway because our Wal-mart is going goofy.

    First off… when I go shopping, it’s not just groceries on my list. There’s dog food, windshield wiper fluid, lawn mower oil, a replacement bath mat, and perhaps a new book for me to read. So I can get all those things in one shot at Wal-mart, rather than going to six different places. It’s far more efficient.

    But I’m also very particular about many of the brands that I buy. I like x brand, and that’s what I’m gonna look for. Lately, our Wal-mart has been deleting things from their inventory like CRAZY. My favorite deli beef is gone, as is my Virginia Ham (and Fareway has a horrible deli, so I’m screwed). Last week, they got rid of the chopped chilis that I stock up on, my diced tomatoes, my favorite flour, my favorite nutritional drink (Naked Juice), and they eliminated an entire line of beef jerky (they still have Link’s, though. Thank goodness for small favors). And it’s all been replaced with the generic “Great Value” Wal-mart brand (or not at all, in the case of the deli meats and the juice). Now, maybe Great Value is just fine and dandy, but I’m not willing to take that chance just to save three cents. So I find myself planning TWO trips when I go shopping… Wal-mart for my “stuff”, and Fareway for my groceries… because when I’ve asked the manager at Fareway to order something for me, it shows up on the shelves a week later. I’ve asked at Wal-mart multiple times, only to hear, “sorry, we don’t have any control over what goes on our shelves”. WHAT??? oh, don’t get me started, or it’s gonna be another post.

    I may have a COMPLETE meltdown if they start rearranging the shelves on top of changing their product lines.

    • Joy says:

      That does just stink when they get rid of something you love. I’ve also found with smaller grocery stores that they will order something if at all possible because they really want to make you happy. I think Walmart is just to big to care to that extreme.

    • scott says:

      Fareways “baked ham” is a good Virginia ham (make sure its the fastco label when they bring it out), it cost 3.99lb in the omaha metro, just ask them to slice new stuff for you if you dont like the looks of it in the counter…and a good roast beef is the sara lees rare roast beef alot of fareways carry them but not all do, it cost 4.99-5.99lb i’ve always had good luck at fareway, shopped at a few over the state of iowa and now omaha.

    • Pat says:

      usually if walmart replaces a product with the Great Value brand, it means that the company who produces the produce that was removed no longer offered Walmart the price that they demanded.

  7. Gary says:

    A BRAND NEW Walmart was built less than a mile from my house about a year ago. Hopefully they won’t be changing anything there since it’s so new. I hope not because I know where everything is. I hate it when a store changes everything around after you learn where everything is. It’s like changing schools once you know where to get everywhere. 😀

  8. Just a Mom says:

    I hate it when stores change their layout, especially grocery stores!

  9. megan says:

    My town has a sucky Walmart. When I was in college, the town Walmart was awesome, and was open 24 hours a day. We would go there if we couldn’t sleep. We even managed to get a kickball lodged in the ceiling as a result of a physics demonstration. Good times.

  10. javajunkee says:

    omg it’s friggin hell to have to go there in the first place I hope to hell they leave ours alone. The fact that they insisted on tearing the whole friggin parking lot up ought to be our “upgrade” Now maybe I can keep my muffler on without using a coat hanger.

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