Bardstown Walmart holds grand re-opening

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By John Singleton

The Bardstown Walmart held its first grand re-opening Friday morning after a couple months of remodeling.


Renovation began in May, said Cassandra Shelton, the assistant manager of the online grocery. Although the building is the same size, she said about 95 percent of everything in the store had been touched, so a lot of rearrangements were made, including aisles, fixtures and stands within the grocery, home and pharmacy sections.

“Hopefully it will make the shopping easier for customers,” Shelton said. “The categories are closer together for people to find what they need faster. We’ll all get used to it again.”

If customers have a problem finding products they need, the Walmart app can help them locate the items by identifying which aisle they are in, she said.

“Everything in grocery moved to a different aisle,” Shelton said, “so it’s been very confusing for people.”

More inventory was added during the store’s renovation process. Employees from other stores came to help set up new products Friday because there were so many more items added. Shelton recalled when the store received the pickup tower back in October of last year. She said the tower, which holds everything in the store, now contains more than 300 packages of inventory.

“The area that changed the most was the home lines area because of the growth,” Shelton said. “It has expanded so much.”

The home section contains small appliances, furniture, bedding and bath products. The area expanded so much because a whole walkway was added for customers to reach several different aisles.

Store manager Camilla Cox said not every Walmart is updating their store right now, but it is necessary for stores to renovate about every 15 years. The Bardstown store opened in 2002, meaning it went 17 years without renovation. Cox said the Elizabethtown store is set to start remodeling once Bardstown’s is complete.

“The update is a little overdue,” she said.