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Walmart remodeling local stores

Almost done in Dixon; work starting soon in Sterling

The Sterling and Dixon Walmarts are among 16 locations to be remodeled this year as part of Walmart’s investment strategy in Illinois.

The company is investing $87.5 million in the project, which includes the 4115 E. Lincolnway and 1640 S. Galena Ave. locations, the company said in a news release.

Work essentially finished in Dixon, where a grand reopening was held Friday, and is nearing completion; it is set to begin soon in Sterling and be completed sometime in the summer.

The Rock Falls store was not included.

Details on the changes coming to Sterling have not been finalized, but other stores that have undergone similar remodeling have gotten state-of-the-art electronics departments with interactive displays and updated pharmacy areas with private consultation rooms.

Apparel and hardware departments also got fresh looks.

Walmart also is adding free grocery pickup service at 40 stores, including Dixon, as well as grocery delivery service for 35 stores. It’s installing 22 pickup towers.

The grocery pickup service allows customers to shop for products online and pick them up in-store, at no additional charge.

At a pickup tower, customers who have placed orders online will get a notification when the order is ready, and once in store, will go to the pickup tower, scan the bar code that was sent to their smartphone and retrieve their order in less than a minute.

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