The FINANCIAL — Families in the Chicago area can now experience new ways to save money, while living better – and healthier – lives, with the opening of two new Walmart Health centers adjacent to two newly remodeled supercenters at 4650 W. North Ave (Austin) and 8331 S. Stewart Ave. (Chatham). Both stores and their partnering health centers officially opened this morning.
“These last few months have been especially difficult for this great city, and it has done a remarkable job facing its challenges head on,” said Keith Wyche, Walmart Vice President, Community Engagement & Support. “We are proud to have the opportunity to reopen these stores and health clinics and further demonstrate Walmart’s commitment to serve as the store of the community.”
These state-of-the-art Walmart Health locations provide affordable and accessible healthcare for members of the Chicago community so they can get the right care at the right time, right in their community – Walmart Health meets them where they live and shop. Walmart Health is partnering with local, on-the-ground health providers to deliver primary care, labs, x-ray and diagnostics, counseling, dental and hearing services all in one facility at transparent pricing regardless of a patient’s insurance status.
(Note: As part of the November 20 opening, Walmart Health will offer primary medical care, optometry and hearing services. Other offerings will be added in the future.)
“Walmart is committed to making healthcare more affordable and accessible for customers in the communities we serve. We are excited to bring Walmart Health into Chicago and offer members of the community a holistic wellness approach by additionally offering specialized community health resources, online education and in-center workshops to educate the community about preventative health and wellness,” said Marcus Osborne, Senior Vice President of Walmart Health. “We think we can make an impactful difference and look forward to continuing to learn how best to deliver the integrated quality care customers want and deserve.”
The two new Walmart Health centers are part of a recent commitment to Chicago to rebuild and reopen four supercenters with an expanded offering of services, including Walmart Academies for associate training and ongoing learning. The other supercenters to be reopened are located at 4626 W. Diversey Ave. and 10900 S. Doty Ave.
The remodels of these four locations include several department transformations that will help customers save time and money. The upgrades also complement the measures the company has taken in its U.S. stores to help protect associates and customers from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We can’t wait for Chicago customers to see our newly-remodeled Supercenters,” said Walmart store manager Patrice Gibson from the Chatham Supercenter. “We’re continuously investing in new ways to make shopping easier, and we look forward to those in our communities being able to take advantage of what our stores now have to offer.”
As part of the project and community investments totaling more than $50M, Walmart is working directly with local vendors and contractors during the remodels and with future routine maintenance work. The stores are also giving more than $80,000 to local organizations including:
In an effort to create a more seamless and efficient shopping experience, customers can now enjoy store improvements that include:
Walmart will continue to innovate to help customers save time and money by giving them the option to shop when, where, and how they want, including:
Meeting the Challenges of COVID-19
As an essential business, and a member of the Chicago community, Walmart understands the role it plays in providing customers with food, medicine and other essential items during this unique time.
Along with the upgrades to the store, the company will continue helping protect associates and customers from the impact of COVID-19 through the extensive measures put in place earlier this year, including:
Drive-Thru: More than 1300 Walmart stores have pharmacy drive-thru service across the country.
No-Contact Curbside Pickup: Associates can bring your prescription right out to your car using a no-contact method.
Mail Delivery: If you can’t make it to a local store, medications can be delivered to your door.
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