Walmart announced Wednesday that it would close three stores in Louisville in an effort to enhance customer online experience.
The following Louisville stores will shutter on Aug. 10:
- Neighborhood Market – 201 Blankenbaker Parkway
- Neighborhood Market – 3101 Poplar Level Road
- Supercenter – 1915 S. Hurstbourne Parkway
Pharmacies will be closing along with the stores. Spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said pharmacists will work to help transfer customers to its nearby pharmacies.
There are approximately 385 associates between the three stores, Hatfield said, noting that Walmart is hopeful impacted employees will transfer to another store. The company will assist employees in the process.
Hatfield said officials decided to close the stores after reviewing different locations’ performances. The retailer, she added, wants to invest in technology and services to save customers time. Some of these services include online shopping, delivery, pick-up towers and other services through Walmart’s mobile app.
“Saving time is just as important as saving money,” Hatfield said.
The Supercenter on South Hurstbourne Parkway is located within six miles of another Walmart location and opened in 1988, according to the company
Both Neighborhood Markets that are closing opened in 2007. The Poplar Level Road market is located within four miles of another store, the company said, and Blankenbaker Parkway market is located three miles away from the nearest store.
In an email, Metro Councilman Pat Mulvihill said: “We are deeply disappointed to learn that the Walmart Neighborhood Market at the Shoppes of Audubon will be closing its doors on August 10. We will monitor and keep track of Walmart’s plans to sell this property for future development.”
UPDATED 4:49 P.M.: This story was updated to correct an address for the Poplar Level Road Walmart.