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Walmart is hosting a ribbin cutting ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday at 7:30 am in honor of the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation, to the exterior and interior. Walmart is the biggest anchor store at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, so a new look only adds to glamours new look of BHCP overall. Councilman Bernard Parks, Bishop Blake, and Ken Lombard from Capri Capital (owner of the mall) will all be in attendance to celebrate the event. If you have time be sure to swing by and catch a glimpse of BHCP’s new Walmart.’
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Walmart at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw to Unveil Multimillion Dollar Makeover; Grand Re-Opening Set for September 25th
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 24, 2012)— Walmart, the largest anchor store at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall, has completed an extensive multimillion dollar upgrade to its 200,000 square-foot store, and will celebrate the official re-opening with the local community on Tuesday, September 25.
Significant physical improvements include wider aisles, contemporary lighting, new merchandizing fixtures, refurbished escalators, remodeled store entrances and new floor finishes. To enhance the customer experience, Walmart also modernized and reconfigured all major departments. Now, the store has more than 30 merchandise departments and convenience services, including a pharmacy, digital photo processing center and a Walmart Connect Center that offers cellular telephone equipment and services. Walmart has also expanded its selection of groceries, including baked goods, fresh foods and product.
The Walmart upgrade completes a multi-year effort to transform Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza into a top-tier retail center offering high quality amenities and products to its customers. “The Walmart investment is critical to the mall’s long-term positioning, and we couldn’t be happier to see this spectacular renovation,” said Ken Lombard, Principal with Capri Urban Baldwin, LLC.
Separately, Capri Urban Baldwin invested more than $35 million on a complete inside-and-out transformation of the mall, including the addition of new, state-of-the-art movie theaters, several restaurants, a new dining court featuring a kid’s seating area and live entertainment venue. There is also a new children’s play area, new community room and concierge services with a broader range of services. Other improvements include new family restrooms, a new specialty kiosk and cart program, and signage.
“The newly remodeled Walmart is a big win for local residents and a huge step in the overall transformation of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks. “The community has been thrilled about all the great changes and upgrades to the mall, and it’s great that tenants like Walmart are following suit by investing in their stores to bring them up to the same high standard. I think it’s fantastic that local residents can stay right in the neighborhood for most of their shopping needs.”
“We are excited to welcome our neighbors and community members back to our newly remodeled store,” said store manager Synetria Petersen. “It will be a superior shopping experience for our customers, and provides not just physical improvements but new products and services as well. We are proud to help people save money so they can live better.”
Peterson, who has been the manager of the Walmart at BHCP for the past three years, has focused on hiring from the surrounding community and stocking locally produced health and beauty products that are now distributed in Walmart stores across the country. The remodeled Walmart now employs approximately 325 associates at the store, an increase of 25 employees since the beginning of the upgrade.
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 a.m. City councilman Bernard Parks, and community and business leaders will join with Walmart associates to celebrate the grand re-opening. The store will host a series of events and promotions throughout the day for customers including product samplings, giveaways and character appearances. All events are family friendly, free and open to the public.
“Walmart did a wonderful job on the renovation,” said Sharron King, General Manager of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. “I encourage local residents to visit the store and see for themselves the results of this multi-million dollar investment.”
About Baldwin Hills Crenshaw
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is an 870,000 square foot retail destination located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. Anchored by Macys, Sears and Walmart, with over 100 specialty stores and dining options, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw has long been recognized as the hub of the surrounding communities. From a signature concert series known as BHCP Live!, monthly Kid’s Club and a weekly Farmers’ Market to the many public services offered at the mall, it is clear that BHCP is more than just a place to shop, it’s a central gathering place for the local community. With Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza so entrenched in local lifestyle, we are committed to making this neighborhood an even better place to live, work, shop and just BE! We have teamed up with some great partners to support a variety of worthwhile events and continue to support efforts and programming that reflect the history and interests of our local residents. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is managed and leased by Primestor Development, Inc.Primestor is a full service commercial real estate firm specializing in the management, revitalization, and development of shopping centers in urban locations.