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Which Walmart layout is the best?

Home and Pharmacy on the left and Grocery on the right
- 3 (23.1%)
Grocery on the left and Home and Pharmacy on the right
- 6 (46.2%)
Home and Living on the left and Grocery and Pharmacy on the right
- 3 (23.1%)
Grocery and Pharmacy on the left and Home and living on the right
- 1 (7.7%)

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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #50 on: December 16, 2019, 12:01:00 AM »

I haven't been to Walmart in a while, but the Renton Fred Meyer has the gates installed accessing the apparel section only.  Today as I blocked the exit to pay for something, a couple was following me to get out.  They saw someone entering the gate, so they walked out of the open in gate.  Then it beeped.  I thought a tag had triggered the alarm, but the checker paid it no mind.  It appeared the gate was smart enough to tell when people were walking through it in the wrong direction.  Pretty neat technology if true.

Oregon and Washington got Fred Meyer decades before Walmart expanded here.  One of the selling points of the place is that you could get things from different sections and have only one check-out.  That's not true any more.  I hope this opioid epidemic is a passing fad, because these increased anti-shoplifting measures are annoying.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #51 on: December 16, 2019, 10:25:03 AM »

Of the three Walmarts in my area that I frequent most, two have the grocery on the left and one has it on the right. It's not really a big deal, but I guess I slightly prefer the one with the grocery on the right....but probably only because that's the one I visit most often of the three.

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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #52 on: December 16, 2019, 12:48:12 PM »

Honestly, the fact that a corporation designed to take your money is pervasive enough that we're assumed to have mentally catalogued variations in their building design to the point that we have decided on which one is "the best" is pretty concerning.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #53 on: December 16, 2019, 02:38:28 PM »

Honestly, the fact that a corporation designed to take your money is pervasive enough that we're assumed to have mentally catalogued variations in their building design to the point that we have decided on which one is "the best" is pretty concerning.

False consciousness is a thing.

And while we're on Marx, we may as well recall the famous quotation from the Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon--"History repeats . . . first as tragedy, then as farce"--and ask just how it is that Walmart can be substantively different from the commercial trusts of the Gilded Age.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #54 on: December 18, 2019, 09:21:08 AM »

Meijer is better  :spin:
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #55 on: December 18, 2019, 01:29:11 PM »

Meijer is better  :spin:

I feel the same way about Meijer that I do about Target. Prices are higher than Walmart, so neither place is my first choice for shopping.

It also becomes a factor that there are far fewer Meijers or Targets in my area than Walmarts. There's a traditional non-Supercenter (opened in the mid 80s) Walmart where I work, but there are five Supercenters within an hour's drive. There's one Meijer an hour away, but the nearest Target is in Lexington. I'm not going to pass Walmart in Winchester or Richmond to go to Target in Lexington. Heck, I probably won't pass the Walmart on the east side of Richmond to get to Meijer, which is on the west side of I-75.

But in all honesty, if I had to choose between Meijer and Target, I'd pick Meijer.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #56 on: December 19, 2019, 12:19:07 AM »

Our family supermarket in Renton, Washington was the K. U. Market, a cheap, grease pencil, independent market.  Next to it on the right was a Pay Less drug (and everything else) store, in a building that was a former Govmart Bazaar.  It was on that site they built the Seattle area's first Walmart, later turned into a Supercenter, with groceries on the left and everything else on the right.  It was strange to leave the store and see the same view as back in the K. U. Market days, but I rarely go there.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #57 on: December 21, 2019, 04:33:50 AM »

I find this question silly. The Walmart here in Mason City has a mirror image layout to the one I went to in Bellevue, NE when I lived in the Omaha area. I imagine that happens all throughout Walmart.

FWIW, the Target here has a mirror image layout with the one in Papillion, NE, or at least I can imagine it did when it opened.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #58 on: December 21, 2019, 10:02:43 AM »

I find this question silly. The Walmart here in Mason City has a mirror image layout to the one I went to in Bellevue, NE when I lived in the Omaha area. I imagine that happens all throughout Walmart.

FWIW, the Target here has a mirror image layout with the one in Papillion, NE, or at least I can imagine it did when it opened.


https://www.google.com/maps/@35.8837964,-77.5472471,3a,15.8y,107.19h,91.35t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1ssojPz5vNLNL14eH1Sw2ZpA!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DsojPz5vNLNL14eH1Sw2ZpA%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D132.00497%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@35.9766447,-77.8107881,3a,42.8y,327.34h,96.49t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sq9Y_9lq2vRA6oWPAGI2VNw!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3Dq9Y_9lq2vRA6oWPAGI2VNw%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D37.839684%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656

These pictures are different layouts. I've been to the one in Rocky Mount and it's much bigger than the one in Tarboro I'm sure. It's 203,750 square feet and the one in Tarboro, idk. I know it's smaller though.

Question - how can you find the square footage of each building?
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #59 on: December 21, 2019, 12:33:03 PM »

You probably could look it up on the county assessor's website if you really cared enough.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #60 on: December 21, 2019, 12:50:22 PM »

I don't know if Trulia and Zillow list square footages for commercial buildings--they definitely do for houses.  Mapping platforms (Google Earth definitely, and probably also Google Maps) also have line and sometimes polygon measuring tools.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #61 on: December 31, 2019, 05:39:40 PM »

The first option is what I'm used to. Although the local Walmart is a bit different because it was originally just a Walmart that sold clothing, home items and had a garden center. Then it became a full SuperCenter with a full grocery store with service departments added on the right end.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #62 on: December 31, 2019, 09:43:12 PM »

Also, not all walmart supercenters have two entrances and a tire center.
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Re: Which Walmart layout is the best?
« Reply #63 on: January 05, 2020, 05:26:50 PM »

That is certainly true. These Walmarts should not be considered Supercenters. In the 1990s there were Non Supercenter Walmarts (I Nick Name Them Walmart Microcenters.) that were large enough they added a significant grocery section which made it similar to a Dollar General Store. The One Entrance Walmart Supercenters, (I Nick Name Them Walmart Minicenters.) do not seem to be much bigger than a Dollar General Market. They have a slightly larger grocery section but even that feels cramped. These Walmarts do not have any type of miniature store in the front such as a restaurant nor a Vision Center. I used to go to Walmart Minicenters that were not open 24 hours. I do not even bother shopping at any of these Walmart Minicenters.

There are Walmart Supercenters that have Two Entrances. They have most of the features that Walmart Supercenters have, but they are still not that big. Perhaps I will Nick Name them Megacenters.

I shop at very large Walmart Supercenters. If I had to Nick Name these, they would be Hypercenters. An actual Hypermarket, some times bigger than Sam's Club. There are a few of them that not only have Vision Center but also complete Dental, Orthodontic, and Oral Surgery. They have every department, including expanded grocery departments. They have so many departments, they even brought back Fabric.

I am not concerned too much about Layout of a Walmart. I am most concerned about size. It also seems that Walmart's layout is determined by its size.

I do not see how Walmart layout can change drastically. They put the departments where ever they fit. The Grocery departments requires a large amount of unloading so it needs to be on its own side. The Automotive departments must have its own side because it has to have Traffic Lanes and Drive Thru Garages. It is possible to enter through the Automotive departments but it is technically a separate part of Walmart. It is in its own wing. You can park in one of the lanes and be greeted by a worker ready to ask about your car maintenance.

The only place to put a Garden Center is in front of Automotive Wing. Because of the traffic lanes behind it, the Garden Center is also in its own wing. Being at the front of the store, it has another front entrance. However, this entrance is not open 24 hours.

The middle of a Walmart simply has every thing else that does not need its own door. I understand how annoying it is to have Walmarts that do not have identical or even similar layouts but that is determined based on the location of the Walmart itself. The Automotive Wing is often located on a side that is easier for the customers to drive to. This is important for Walmarts located on the corner of two busy streets. The Automotive Wing would be facing one of the streets and often has its own separate entrance and exit to the street. The grocery section is located on which ever side that is the most isolated.
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