Walmart pickup

Walmart is adding its grocery pickup service, which has been available in Lincoln for more than two years, to 14 more stores in Nebraska this year.

Walmart plans to spend more than $35 million on remodeling and other upgrades to its Nebraska stores this year.

The world's largest retailer on Wednesday announced plans to remodel seven stores in the state and add upgrades to several other stores, including grocery delivery, pickup towers and robot technology.

None of the Lincoln stores are part of the planned remodels, although the Walmart in Seward is. The other remodeling projects are in Fremont, Grand Island, Gretna, Lexington and Sidney. The company already completed one of the remodels last month at its store in Columbus.

The remodeling project at the Columbus store included adding orange storage lockers to hold online purchases, expanded self-checkout aisles and the addition of a mother's room to be used for child care.

Walmart said it would add grocery pickup to 14 stores this year, grocery delivery to six and pickup towers to 11. It did not give those locations.

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The company already offers grocery pickup at its four Lincoln stores and it added delivery through the DoorDash app at Lincoln stores last year.

“We know that speed and convenience are important to our customers, so we are continuously aiming to improve the overall shopping experience in order to save them time and money,” Kyla Luckie, Walmart regional general manager, said in a news release.

Walmart also said it plans to add automated floor scrubbers to 18 stores in the state and automated delivery truck unloaders at 12 Nebraska stores.

Those technologies are part of a push by the company to free up time for its employees to offer more personal customer service, Walmart said in a blog post on its website.

The automated floor scrubbers are being added to 1,500 stores in the U.S. and the automated unloaders are being added to 1,200 stores.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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