‘Pickup Tower’ is among new features at Alpharetta Walmart

If you’ve been to the Walmart at 5200 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta within the last week, you may have noticed some changes.

The super-center's remodel is completed, and updates and additions — like the Pickup Tower — were unveiled on June 29, according to a press release. The store also redesigned its electronics department, updated the layout of its meat department and added to its apparel section.

“The enhancements made to this store were all made with our customers in mind, and I believe they will be very pleased with all of the new additions,” store manager Thomas Dunn said in a statement. “We are so thrilled to be able to show our continued commitment to saving our customers time and money by upgrading their shopping experience.”

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In April, Walmart announced it was going to spend $38 million over the next year to remodel 11 stores in Georgia. The store on Windward Parkway was the only one in north Fulton County featured on the list.

The Pickup Towers are a new feature from Walmart and the company says is functions like a “high-tech vending machine” and is able to fulfill a customer’s online order in less than a minute.

Customers can access the online store on their smartphone or computer, select an item, select the “pickup” option and when the item arrives at your store a Walmart employee will load it into the pickup tower and the customer will receive a notification. The customer then steps up to the Pickup Tower at the store and scans a barcode sent to their smartphone. The tower then presents the order.

The electronics department at the Alpharetta store has been redesigned to “focus on the electronics of the future.” The apparel department has been “refreshed” to “highlight” apparel collections.

This Walmart is open 5 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

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