Walmart to debut remodeled Portage store

Valparaiso Wal-Mart

Bob Kasarda, The Times

Walmart remodeled its Supercenter at 6087 U.S. 6, Portage as part of a multimillion dollar investment in more than 400 stores nationwide.

The Arkansas-based retailer had a grand reopening ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday in Portage. The refurbished store features more self-checkouts, a rebuilt pharmacy with a new private health consultation room, a new family bathroom and a freshened-up produce section.

As part of the renovations, Walmart added industrial and power tools in the hardware department, installed state-of-the-art interactive displays in the electronics department and put new lighting in cosmetics.

“This remodel project, along with our everyday low prices, represents our continued investment in Portage,” said store manager Nick Dibenedetto. “For nearly 20 years, we have been serving the Portage community and we are excited for our customers to see the new features.”

The largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the country, Walmart has more than 11,590 stores worldwide, employs 2.4 million workers and boasts 260 million customers per week. Last year, the company banked $486 billion in revenue.

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