UPDATED June 8:
A Wal-Mart spokesman called back this week, and said he’s working on getting us additional information about the remodel. He said the remodel probably won’t start until September. When the spokesman gets back to me with more information, I’ll be sure to share it with you.
One of the things I do to keep up on retail and real estate news is look through building permits filed in Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Salem.
In Roanoke, those permits are found online. Yesterday, I stumbled upon a permit that Wal-Mart has filed seeking the city’s approval to begin $500,000 in renovations to the Valley View store.
Those renovations include cleaning and painting the exterior and interior walls, pharmacy, customer service area, vision center and entry ways, and refurbishing the restrooms and auto center, according to plans submitted to the city. The plans also call for installing new signs and repairing or replacing doors and floor tile.
Further information, such as whether the store will remain open during the work and when the work will start and finish, was not available because Wal-Mart did not immediately return my requests for more information. If I learn more I’ll post an update.
The 207,000 square-foot store was built in 1995.
Plans for Wal-Mart’s remodel comes as the nearby Target store is in the midst of a nearly $1 million renovation. Many readers have said they’ve had trouble finding items in the store and believe the inventory has been scaled back.
Will renovations at Wal-Mart keep you from shopping there while the work is going on? Will the finished improvements make you more likely to shop there?