Walmart presents 20,000-square-foot expansion plan in SalemBy CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent
November 28. 2017 9:04PM
SALEM — As part of a nationwide 500-store remodel, the Walmart on North Broadway is seeking a 20,000-square-foot expansion.
Representatives of the retail giant told the Salem Planning Board Tuesday night that the upgraded Salem facility would allow for pickup of groceries ordered online and result in the hiring of 20 new employees.
The blueprints, part of a new design for Walmart stores across the country, show the construction would eliminate some of the east side parking lot. A new staging area and storage depot would allow customers to drive underneath a canopied zone to gather groceries they ordered online.
“There is a great deal of customer demand for customer pickup,” said Christopher Buchanan, director of public affairs and government relations for Walmart, told board members.
The board did not take any action on the plans and will continue discussions at a future meeting. Walmart officials said customers would choose a time to pick up their items, which are then delivered to them by a Walmart associate.
The process is expected to take about seven to 10 minutes for each order collection. It is just for grocery products, not other items in the store.
There are no customer entryways in the proposed addition.
The Walmart Supercenter is currently 201,062 square feet. The proposal would increase the overall size to 221,122 square feet.
The existing 1,011 parking spaces would drop to 948 spaces to allow space for the expansion.