The McPherson Walmart has been seeing a lot of changes. From the shiny new floor to updated sections and selections, the store has made some impressive upgrades.

"Being a resident of McPherson County and a McPherson Walmart shopper I am excited to see the updates and the things that are being done here," said Bluestem PACE Director of Market Development

Emilie Rains, who is also a McPherson Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. To celebrate the remodel, the McPherson Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony Friday morning.

For more than 30 years, Walmart has called McPherson home. Some needed upgrades and expansion to services took about three months and was part of an initiative by Walmart that will impact 10 stores across Kansas.

“In addition to saving customers money every day, Walmart has been committed to making the shopping experience fast and convenient for our Kansas customers,” said David Carmon, Walmart regional general manager. “That commitment will continue this year by enhancing our stores and adding innovative technology, such as Pickup Towers and Online Grocery Pickup, that will give customers even more choices and transform the way they shop.”

Upon entering the grocery side of the McPherson Walmart, you will quickly see an orange tower that goes up to the ceiling with the word "Pickup" all over it and flashing on screens. This, as the word denotes, is the new Pickup Tower. Standing 16-feet tall, the tower is actually a vending machine that is the final stop in online orders. Rather than being sent to the back of the store to pick up items, customers are now able to get in and out and on with life, by retrieving items from the tower right inside the entrance. When an order is ready, a barcode is made available on the customer's phone that can be scanned at the kiosk. Items will come out of the tower or for larger items, a locker to the left or right of the tower will open for item retrieval.

The Pickup Tower is just one of the many changes to the store. In addition to aesthetic upgrades, Walmart now offers online grocery order and pickup. 

"The end results are fantastic, the store looks great, a lot of hard work went into this," Store Manager Isaac Coutrae said. "It's not easy keeping a store open and doing a top to bottom remodel. But we have a lot of exciting changes."

Those in attendance celebrated more than just the remodel. 

"On behalf of the Chamber thank you and your team for everything you do for our community," McPherson Chamber Aaron Mayfield said. "I know we've come out here multiple different times asking for donations, assistance and support and you guys are always here to help us."

Several community organizations benefited from Walmart generosity. Women and Children Combating Cancer, Mount Hope, McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, All Schools Day Committee, McPherson Free Methodist Church,  all received donations during the ceremony.

"This is a great store. They have become a very important corporate citizen," McPherson Mayor Tom Brown said. "They  support a lot of the programs we have and worked well with us in a number of ways. This has been a great partnership between Walmart and the community."

According to a press release earlier this week, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $49.7 million this year in Kansas through the remodeling of 10 stores, as well as the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations. 2019 Walmart Remodels in Kansas include Atchison, Chanute, Coffeyville, Derby, Great Bend, Emporia, Hays, Newton and Wichita.