Wal-Mart is cutting down its inventory (fewer clothing styles) and remodeling its older stores (lower shelves and clearer signage) to spur more shopping. [Reuters]

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  1. blue_duck says:

    The damn Walmart here took all of the stores in the strip it’s in that I always go to… Super Walmart my ass…

  2. AD8BC says:

    Oh god, i hope I can still get my grey Fruit of the Loom T-shirts and my cheap Wrangler jeans! I certainly hope I don’t have to start shopping at Target. I refuse to shop there because their commercials are so stoopid.

  3. evslin says:

    @blue_duck: Wal-Mart actually killed an entire shopping center near where I live just by vacating the spot they occupied for years. All the tenants were business you wouldn’t necessarily find in Wal-Mart, and once Wal-Mart decided to go build a supercenter a few blocks down the road about half the tenants jumped off the boat too. Now all that’s left is a Chinese restaurant and a Subway.

  4. cloud-on-a-bike says:

    @evslin: That’s exactly what happened in my town. The Wal-Mart that was in a shopping center with a hair cutting place, a Radio Shack, a Bath and Body Works, a video game store, and some other random stores left to go down the street to a new place to open as a Super Wal-Mart. Now the ENTIRE plaza is empty, and it’s just open and ugly space that no one has moved into since Wal-Mart left. It’s really disturbing, especially since so many other new businesses are popping up all over the city.

  5. duetoprivacy says:

    @evslin @cloud-on-a-bike Same thing in my town, there was a shopping center with a ben franklins an awesome cd store, and a few other odd and end type mom and pop shops. Once walmart left and built a supercenter down the road, most of those places died. It’s sad to see really.

  6. Rippleeffect says:

    How about bringing back Wranglers in my size? 30×32 should not be a special web order only. You HAVE to try jeans on first. Wife cried the last time she bought jeans for me in my size and they all fit differently (took them all back)

  7. Eoghann says:

    Consumers sure are a fickle bunch. Walmart shows up, people complain. Walmart leaves, people complain.

    Make up your minds, people!

  8. bohemian says:

    I kind of hope that maybe the current financial strains will push enough people to rethink their spending and quit buying cartloads of cheap disposable crap. Maybe then retailers would start carrying things that last more than a month?

    I can hope.

  9. Pennsylvanian123 says:

    It might help a bit if they would clean the stores and open more than one register. My single, solitary experience to grocery shop at Wal-Mart ended with a full abandoned cart of groceries and me leaving empty handed, shaking my head at the total lack of customer service. I like to save money, but not for the dismal experience that is shopping at Wal-Mart. Less inventory and a coat of paint can’t fix that.

  10. MsClear says:

    Their clothes are pretty fugly. Well at least they were the last time I was there, which was some time ago.

    Wal-Mart should do well in these tough times.

  11. blue_duck says:

    @Eoghann: My mind is made up~ I thought it was clear from my first post. But just in case

    I DO NOT LIKE WALMART.

  12. MrsLopsided says:

    We spend more of our income at the Walmart SuperStore (includes supermarket) than at any other store. I don’t see how reducing inventory will induce me to spend more.
    Despite the criticisms Walmart is doing something right….they have average sales of $422 sq/ft vs Target at $316 and Kmart at $235… with comparable sales/employee.

  13. marsneedsrabbits says:

    Shopping at Wal-Mart seems to be largely dependent on which store you walk into.

    We have a super-clean Wal-Mart near our house with wood floors in the clothing areas, huge bright skylights with natural light, a large electronics department with knowledgeable employees, a nice grocery department with tons of foreign food and a fair selection of gluten-free foods & organics. Plus a large, well-stocked garden center. It’s nicer than the (newer) Super Target a mile or so away.

    OTOH, the Wal-Mart across town looks like a war zone from the parking lot on, and it is to be avoided at all costs. There was a shooting there a couple of years ago. Dirty, dark, crowded, and limited stock. I don’t know how they could manage to limit it even more. They won’t have anything left to sell.

  14. LVP says:

    @marsneedsrabbits: That wood is vinyl.

  15. ElizabethD says:

    ::Awaiting “FUG” comments about Wal-Mart clothing::

    While it’s not by any stretch my main apparel source, I have had good luck with buying myself cheap but nice (and long-lasting) knit tees and tank tops in the White Stag line at Wal-Mart, and khakis and jeans by Lee (I think it’s Lee). They also carry Queen Latifah’s Curvations bra line, nice for the well endowed gals.

  16. pixiegirl1 says:

    It’s really a crapshoot some of the stores are nice and some of them are bad. I used to always think my walmart was bad, it’s old but then I went to some other walmarts and it made mine look a million times better. One of the worst areas of the store is the bathrooms, I’m not saying that I need to pee somewhere uber fancy but I’ve been in gas station bathrooms that have been cleaner then walmart bathrooms.

    I don’t understand the concept of reducing the merchandise will make me want to shop there more. If anything it will drive me away, I don’t mind spending a little more on something if it’s something I actually want.

  17. Bladefist says:

    @ElizabethD: I thought ‘endowed’ was reserved for men? huh. Interesting.

  18. @Rippleeffect: Try being a 31×34. Even the Levi’s Store at the mall doesn’t stock my size.

    Anyway, the emphasis on lower shelves in funny. Does Wal-Mart have a big problem with customers who won’t buy stuff because they can’t reach it on the shelf?

  19. marsneedsrabbits says:

    @LVP:

    It looks indistinguishable from eye level. I was thinking wood because there is one area where the “planks” seem to angle into into the floor adjacent.

    The store seems to have been designed to be somewhat “greener” looking. The skylights are bigger and there are energy saving displays throughout. According to my husband, this particular store carries more different types of fluorescent bulbs than other stores do.

    @ElizabethD:

    Same here. Basic tees & turtlenecks, exercise clothes, jeans for my husband, some undies & socks, and some kids clothes (jammies, tee-shirts, undies & socks, and so on). I’ve never been able to find anything dressy or much beyond basics, but can’t afford to pay $25.00 for a tee-shirt that Wal-Mart has for $7.00.

    They even have some organic cotton stuff, but I haven’t bought any yet.

  20. jjason82 says:

    When has having less crap to sell ever helped people sell more of anything?

  21. FLConsumer says:

    @jjason82: Simple. Reducing inventory reduces overhead. If it’s visibly reduced, to the point where they’re almost running out of items, people’s tendencies to hoard kick in, so they will buy something now with the (flawed) thinking that it won’t be there when they come back.

    @Pennsylvanian123: I wholeheartedly agree. The difference between even the best, cleanest Mal-Wart and Target store is night-and-day. Mal-Warts always seem to have 30-50 checkout lanes with 3 (at most) open. Their stores are always dirty, varying from “the floor could use a mop” to “Has this store ever been cleaned since it was built?”

  22. thejynxed says:

    The Wal-Mart Supercenter where I live is always kept clean. It’s a relatively new store (open approximately one year), but the local management team makes sure the employees keep the store clean as a whistle. Every time I go there, I see at least one team of employees sweeping, mopping, dusting, etc.

    The only time we have issues with lines not being open, is past 10pm, when they cut back to three lines.

    I am however, disappointed in their electronics department. They got a new department manager in there, and well, I can’t say as I am impressed with how they re-arranged things. Computer components used to be all kept together in one aisle, now you have to scramble around the entire department hunting and searching for simple things like cable ties.

  23. thejynxed says:

    BTW@Editors: I’ve noticed on Gawker Media sites, that quite often while using Firefox, submitted comments seem to get eaten. Totally vanish without a trace upon hitting the submit button.