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Old 06-24-2009, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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The recession steered a new type of customer to Wal-Mart — deeper in the pockets and suddenly looking for bargains. Now the world’s largest retailer has to figure out how to keep that customer when the economy recovers.

So Wal-Mart is bringing in more brand names, ditching scores of other products and even redesigning hundreds of stores to give them wider aisles, better lighting and better sight lines.

Wal-Mart courts new, more affluent customers - Retail - msnbc.com
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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I thnik the real insite here is that wal-mart would do this at all.Could tell yuo what the biggest andmost successful retailer thinks about the length of a real recovery and the charges coming.Long aftre some industries recover;areas of the country and the consumers will still be in a recession of thier own.It seems more and more look for sectors of the economy to take decaddes to recover. Then the consumer might have changed forever .
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Well....I sure was ahead of this new fad. I've been an avid WalMart shopper for years.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:09 AM
 
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Never...
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Didn't go to walmart before the recession, don't go now, won't go in the future.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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Agree. They might pick up some of the poseurs who were shopping over their heads with plastic, but that's about it. Biff and Buffy big-bucks are not going to put up with WM service and clientele. Costco is actually pretty popular with the monied crowd in my area, and i don't exactly consider Costco to be high-end. So, if Sam's Club were to transition to an upscale wholesaler, i think it would attract and retain the high-enders, but not Wal-Mart proper.

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Old 06-25-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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My wife was at one of the wal-mart yesterday and their were alot of executive around. One asked if he could assist her and he told her they were going to completely remodel the store which is about 5 years old. This wal-mart is packed about all the time.I don't think Sam's will ever be anything but like a wearhouse type store for qaunity shopers really as that is its intent. It a no frills shopping experience. Costco I have visited are much nicer IMO.Wal-mart is in fact attracting more highend customers according to all reports.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: wannabeinkentucky
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Wal*Mart Wal*Mart that's our store,
We shop there because we're poor!
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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our walmart is actually pretty nice - it's only a couple years old an draws the wide range of crowds

i would say about 8 months ago I noticed they modified their food selections - coming down the aisles they added little "bubble shelfs" - basically semi circles that curved out from the normal shelves

those bubbles featured higher end products, organics, etc

not sure how successful it's been, but they haven't switched it yet
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I live rural so WallyWorld is a must in order to keep costs down. The one nearest me just did the major overhaul and it's quite nice.
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