BRADENTON -- The 27-year-old Walmart Supercenter on Cortez Road will soon be getting a facelift.
Walmart has issued an invitation for bids for an estimated $1 million in renovation work for the 200,000-square-foot store, including adding a fabric department to the store, 5315 Cortez Road West. The store opened in 1987.
"We want to provide our customers in Bradenton with the best Walmart has to offer. To better serve the needs of our customers, we are moving forward with plans to remodel our Bradenton store on Cortez Road," Walmart spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said. "This will include updating the interior and exterior colors of the store; installation of new flooring; improvements in the produce department; and the addition of a fabric department."
Other Manatee County Walmarts have been remodeled or expanded in recent years.
An East Manatee Walmart at 6225 State Road 64 east was remodeled in 2010 over a three-month span that gave the 210,000-square-foot store wider aisles, a new layout, low-profile shelving, brighter lights and new signage while expanding the electronics department and added a Cele
bration Station department for party supplies.
The University Park Walmart at 8320 N. Lockwood Ridge Road added 44,000 square feet to add groceries, becoming a 158,000-square-foot store.
During Walmart's remodels, the paint job has swapped out the blue, red and grey tones in favor of tan and beige hues. Also, the logos have been updated and in most cases the Supercenter label has disappeared from the marquee.
Walmart does not have a timetable for the Cortez Road improvements.
Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.