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Walmart Canada unveils new store format that lets shoppers scan items

Walmart Inc.'s Canadian arm on May 29 unveiled a new store format called Urban Supercentre, featuring new fast lane checkouts and an app that allows customers to scan their own products as they shop.

Walmart Canada Corp. launched the first of the new concept store at its Toronto-Stockyards location, with plans to launch another one in Thornhill, Ontario, in 2020.

The store concept offers Wi-Fi and phone chargers, the company said.

Through the My Walmart App, shoppers can scan items and download digital coupons, as well as store-specific deals for additional savings, according to the release.

Walmart Canada said it also partnered with third-party licensees for the Toronto store to offer an enhanced shopping experience to customers. The licensees at the Stockyards location include Freshii, the Party Shop, The UPS Store Inc., Miniso Co. Ltd., Naoki Sushi and a newly renovated McDonald's Corp. restaurant.

Additionally, the Stockyards store also has a dedicated Walmart.ca section, where customers can shop for extended aisle products and speak with associates. The area will be used to host pop-up shops for online vendors and will trial a pickup service for online orders.

Walmart's Stockyards store, which opened in January 2005, employs 300 full-time and part-time associates.

The announcement comes less than a month after Walmart Canada committed to spending C$200 million in upgrading its 31 stores in the country.