Robots coming to some Tampa Bay Walmarts as part of renovations

Walmart says it will spend $173 million renovating stores across Florida in 2019, resulting in new looks for stores in Oldsmar, Riverview and Tampa.
The storefront of the Walmart Supercenter located at 19910 Bruce B. Downs Road in Tampa. [Times files (2017)]
The storefront of the Walmart Supercenter located at 19910 Bruce B. Downs Road in Tampa. [Times files (2017)]
Published April 11

Walmart says it will spend $173 million renovating stores across Florida in 2019, leaving three Tampa Bay stores with updated tech and a new look.

Walmart says the following area stores will receive upgrades this year:

  • Walmart Supercenter, 2701 E Fletcher Ave. in Tampa

  • Walmart Supercenter, 3801 Tampa Road in Oldsmar

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market, 10863 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview

In total, 33 stores will be remodeled and one new Neighborhood Market will open in Miami. In addition to cosmetic upgrades, Walmart will also be expanding some of its innovation programs across the state.

The chain says it plans to add anonymous shelf scanners — robots that can check and report each aisle's stock — to 32 stores in the state and an autonomous floor scrubber to another 112. The store's Pickup Towers, which work similarly to Amazon lockers, will be added to 36 more locations.

“If you consider that almost every innovation being tested in the company right now is happening in our state, you can see why Florida is such an important area geographically for the business," Walmart's Florida regional general manager, Elise Vasquez-Warner, said in a statement.

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