Our local Stockyards Walmart has had an amazing makeover. Join me as I show you around some of the highlights!
When you first walk in, the first thing you’ll notice is the new community hub. There’s lots of seating space, designated places to store your cart, free wi-fi, charging stations and even a sushi bar from Naoki Sushi and a Freshii area – where you can warm your wraps or get delicious healthy smoothies.
I’ll admit – I LOVE a good theme party. My son’s birthday parties tend to be a bit Pinterest-y (if I do say so myself!), but I was blown away by the new party shop section. It has absolutely everything you need to pull off a themed party, all in one convenient-to-shop section. Helium Balloons, decorations, cutlery, loot bags supplies and more. There are tons of themes to choose from (including First Birthday Party!)
The redesigned toy section is massive. My favourite part is the fact that they have lowered the store fixtures so that you’ll be able to see your child wandering from aisle to aisle (assuming that you have a wanderer like me!). They have wisely located this section right next to the party shop – like I said – one stop shop!
MINISO is a Japanese retailer that produces high quality goods, at affordable prices. You can find accessories, health and beauty, electronics, lifestyle products, and more. The ‘store-in-a-store’ concept is a bit different than a pop up – it will be there permanently. Note that it has its own separate hours so you may want to check those ahead of time.
The family nursing rooms (and yes, I love that it’s called ‘family’ nursing rooms – not just for nursing ‘moms’) are next level. There are two designated rooms with comfortable chairs, change tables – and they even have a TV! Located in a quieter area, right next to the baby section.
They have a special themed area featuring special collections – when we visited they were set up for Canada Day. I was thrilled to see that they also had a section set up for Pride. This area is located right next to their sports section that was all set up for Raptor domination!
The My Walmart app users now have the option to use the Fast Lane. You can scan your items on your phone before putting them in your bag, and then just swing by the checkout zone where you are greeted by a store associate to help you scan your one barcode and pay via your credit card. No need to unload your items and scan them individually at checkout – one less step saves moms valuable time getting their shopping done! Plus the app automatically adds any available in-store coupons!
Part of the appeal of the new Fast Lane, are the newly designed shopping carts that have been specially designed with young families in mind. There’s enough space for 2 kids, a designated cell phone holder and it’s designed so that you have a least 3 reusable shopping bags held open so that you can sort your items (pantry, refrigerated, health & beauty, etc.) as you shop. So much easier to unload when you get home!