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Walmart to remodel 12 Tampa Bay stores, add more pickup towers

Walmart plans to update and remodel a dozen Tampa Bay stores this year. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times file photo, 2017]
Walmart plans to update and remodel a dozen Tampa Bay stores this year. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times file photo, 2017]
Published Apr. 12, 2018

Walmart announced Wednesday it plans to spend $200 million updating 43 Florida stores over the next year, including a dozen Tampa Bay locations.

Central Florida and Tampa Bay will make up about half of those remodels, which focus on streamlining shopping, according to a Walmart news release.

The company plans to install more of its "pickup towers," which allow customers to grab online orders quickly by scanning a barcode on their smartphone.

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The first Tampa Bay tower went into a St. Petersburg Walmart in the fall. Since then, Walmart has added more to St. Petersburg as well as in Auburndale, Brooksville and Lake Wales.

The Walmart stores at 4302 W. Gandy Boulevard and 7011 W Waters Ave. in Tampa had renovations completed this week, according to the company.

The store at 9205 Gibsonton Drive will be finished up this week, including the addition of its first pickup tower.