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Walmart Supercenter is remodeled

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Walmart Supercenter is celebrating the completion of its remodel that includes several department transformations and new innovations to make shopping easier for customers.

The improvements are part of Walmart’s plan to spend $81 million in stores throughout Ohio in 2019 and the ongoing expansion of innovations like the Walmart Pickup Tower and Grocery Pickup Service that are now available to customers in Wilmington.

“Nearly every department in this store was refreshed in one way or another, and our customers will immediately notice the exciting updates when they walk through the door,” said Store Manager Jacob Kuebler.

“While the renovations offer a fresh new look, our customers tell us the new innovations are major time savers and make shopping easier,” he added.

Walmart Pickup Towers are 16-foot, high-tech vending machines capable of fulfilling an online order in less than a minute once the customer arrives at the store. Once the order is ready, the customer steps up to the Pickup Tower and scans the barcode that was sent to their smartphone to retrieve the item.

The Wilmington Walmart is one of 19 stores across Ohio to receive the Pickup Tower this year.

Walmart’s grocery pickup option gives customers the convenience of shopping online and the ease of quickly picking up groceries without having to leave their cars. And the best part, stated a media release, is that there is no additional cost.

Proposal will make Showa

part of a merged company

BLANCHESTER — A proposed deal would make Showa Corporation part of a merged company.

American Showa, which has a manufacturing plant in Blanchester, is a U.S. subsidiary of Showa Corporation.

“We would like to pool the strengths of our six companies to develop electrification components … and self-driving and advanced driving support systems,” the companies said in a joint statement that can be found on the Honda Global website.

The merged company would comprise a major auto parts supplier, according to an analyst quoted in a Reuters report.

Honda is Japan’s second-biggest carmaker, and Hitachi is one of the country’s biggest industrial conglomerates, according to Bloomberg, a business and financial news provider. The car parts businesses being combined are Hitachi Automotive Systems, plus Honda affiliates Showa Corp., Keihin Corp., and Nissin Kogyo Co.

American Showa in Blanchester opened in June 1989.