Walmart held a grand re-opening ceremony Friday to celebrate the store’s remodel.

CRESTVIEW — Walmart held a grand re-opening ceremony Friday morning to celebrate the completion of the store’s remodel.


The remodel, which cost over $5 million, was part of a Walmart corporate initiative that began on July 29.


“Corporately we have a strategy to reinvest in our stores,” store manager Tracy Dickerson said. “Our number one goal and opportunity was to make it easier for our customers to shop.”


Changes to the store include asset protection gates, concrete floors, new paint and signage, an expanded produce and bakery area as well as a self-service pickup tower.


“If you order something online, you come in with your phone and scan your code,” Dickerson said. “The merchandise drops down the elevator and it dispenses right to you right there.”


Walmart also rearranged where some items can be found. Customers can find out where items have been moved by using the map on the Walmart app.


“Capacity is our issue, space and capacity,” Dickerson said. “We redesigned the store so there’s more room on the floor for customers to move but we also redesigned it so there’s more holding power on the shelf.”


At the end of the ceremony, Dickerson presented a $2,500 check on behalf of the construction company FMGI to the city of Crestview’s Park and Recreation department for the new skate park.


“It was an unexpected win,” Josh Moen, who came up with the skate park idea, said. “I’m very excited. It’s a big step forward.”