I don't know about you but I've never walked into a Walmart and said, "wow this is cool but I wish it was just a little bit bigger."

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They are big and getting bigger according to a report from CNBC which says Walmart will build or renovate more than 150 large format stores across the U.S. in the next 5 years.

The FW adds:

"The new stores will be designed with sustainability in mind. Energy-efficient lighting and equipment will be prevalent at these locations. In addition to the sustainability efforts inside, Walmart is also looking to overhaul its parking area. The company revealed plans to add fast-charging stations for electric vehicles." 

Walmart says most of this growth will center on new stores but upgrades to existing facilities are part of the plan. The new stores will have a more "modern look" referring to it as "the store of the future."

The company has yet to announce what cities will get the new stores but where do you think they should be? What Nutmeg State towns & cities need an upgrade and some EV chargers.

Here are the existing Connecticut locations for consideration.

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Walmart Press Photo - Artist Rendering

Now forgive me for being a homer but I would like to submit my home city (Danbury) for a potential upgrade. The reason I say that is because Walmart specifically mentioned upgrading parking lots in their plans.

There is no worse parking lot than the Danbury Walmart.

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Google Instant Street View - ACTUAL DANBURY WALMART LOT

It looks innocent enough in this image but locals know the truth. The Danbury Walmart parking lot is a great place to go if you think your car is too perfect. If your automobile is unblemished you think it needs some character, go there. Your doors will be smashed on both the driver & passenger side in minutes.

You might even be lucky enough to have the bumper smashed up by an overzealous consumer. The whole parking lot is wrong, it is not designed to deal with the volume it gets and there is an awkward angle by the tire place. Whenever I go there, I intentionally park by "Plato's Closet" and make the 2-mile walk to the Walmart entrance.

Here is the view from my spot.

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Google Instant Street View - ACTUAL DANBURY LOT

I actually enjoy the walk unless it is 15 degrees out but it's usually 15 degrees out.

P.S. I want to meet the person with the businessperson who had the stones to say Walmart stores need to be bigger. I need to know who raised their hand in a meeting and said "maybe the stores are too small?" Oh Anderson you buffoon you can see them from space!

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IMPORTANT NOTES: These opinions come from 4 thick headed dudes who don't like leaving their homes to go anywhere. Check that, 3 dudes who don't want to go anywhere and 1 guy who will show up to a ribbon cutting ceremony for an Orange Julius. THIS IS NOT A PAID AD! We just love these places so take that for what it is worth. 

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