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02/27/2012

New technology awaits Walmart customers at Crowley Supercenter

Walmart’s new Crowley Supercenter store, set to open March 14 at 1221 FM 1187, sports the company’s newest technology.

Interior ceiling lighting is connected to sensors that detect when more than enough sunlight is coming into the building through skylights., and the system turns off some of the ceiling lights to save energy, Craig Ducas, one of the store’s managers, in showing off the building Monday.

The refrigeration cases include efficient LED lights, and the lawn and garden center comes with two gigantic ceiling fans that help push air around.

Walmart is also preparing a rollout of an upgrade to its smartphone app that will allow customers to punch in a desired item, and let the app direct them to the aisle location in the store.

“We understand (consumers’) time is valuable,” Ducas said. “They don’t have the time to rush around to every store.”

The 165,000-square-foot store, west of Interstate 35, will open with about 350 employees, and currently has about 335 on board, Ducas said.

Walmart expects the store to draw from its immediate area, south to Burleson, and as far west as parts of Benbrook and southwest Fort Worth, Ducas said.

- Scott Nishimura

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