SAN BENITO — One of this city’s biggest sales tax revenue producers is making a big commitment to the community.
Wal-Mart is planning a major, $660,000 renovation of its store at 1126 W. U.S. 77 which should begin this month and continue until August.
“There will be no disruption to customers and we are excited to share the improvements with customers once they are complete,” Laura Anglin, a Wal-Mart spokesperson, said.
The big investment by the biggest retailer in the United States is a major statement of support for the San Benito retail economy. With Wal-Mart closing some stores due to poor earnings — the closure of the Raymondville store was a devastating financial blow to the city and Willacy County — the move seems to ensure a long Wal-Mart presence here.
Wal-Mart’s store renovations are largely remodeling of the existing facility, and no additional space is expected to be added to the 20,000-square-foot store.
San Benito Wal-Mart customers are likely to soon see online grocery pickup and Wal-Mart pickup at the front of the store, high-tech electronics and interactive displays, a spruced-up pharmacy and consultation room and the addition of a Wal-Mart Money Center, an in-store and online alternative to a bank.
Other renovations generally include expanded products in the hardware department focusing on do-it-yourself home and auto repair, and improved store “flow” with wide aisles, renovated restrooms and a mother’s room.
Cyntergy, a design firm headquartered in Tulsa, will handle the overall planning for the design.
San Benito officials did not return calls seeking comment.
San Benito Wal-Mart makeover
WHERE — 1126 W. Business 77, San Benito
WHEN — Work begins this month and will continue to August
WHAT — In-store renovation will modernize the shopping experience
CLOSING — The store will remain open through the renovation work
COST — $660,000