GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - The Walmart Neighborhood Market location on Hwy 49 will close Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The store will remain closed all day Thursday, and reopen to customers Friday, Aug. 13, at 6 am.
A post on the Walmart Neighborhood Market’s Facebook page said that the store would close yesterday. The new closure date starts today.
Walmart said that their pharmacy drive-thru and their fuel dispensers will remain open during this time. At this time, no other Walmart closures in the area have been reported.
“Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and the thousands of customers we serve daily, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and health experts,” said Tyler Thomason, a member of Walmart’s media relations team. “Given the rise in positive cases through the Delta variant, we will follow CDC guidance, which includes fully vaccinated people wearing masks in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission.”
Earlier this year, the same Walmart was closed for deep cleaning in January. The Walmart Supercenter location on Sangani Boulevard in D’Iberville was also closed earlier this month for cleaning.
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UPDATE: Clarksburg Walmart to close for 41 hours for deep cleaning, no current plans for other WV closures
CLARKSBURG, W.Va.- The weekend before Christmas, the Walmart Supercenter, on Emily Drive in Clarksburg, is shutting down temporarily for deep cleaning, restocking and to give employees a weekend off, company officials told local government officials on Saturday.
Calls to the store confirmed the closure and the deep cleaning.
As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, customers were still seen leaving the store, but no one was being allowed in. Several Clarksburg Police Department vehicles were parked outside the main entrance, with officers standing nearby.
The store is set to close at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and will be closed Sunday. It will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, officials said.
The company’s program calls for a third party cleaning service to thoroughly clean and sanitize the store and then for employees to restock shelves, according to a news release.
The decision to close the store was a proactive one and was not dictated by local health officials, a company spokesman said.
Currently there are no plans for similar shutdowns at any other stores in West Virginia, officials told 12 News.
“Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and customers, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. When the store reopens Monday, we will continue conducting associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will be provided with facemasks and gloves.
“These protocols are in addition to the extensive measures we’ve put in place during the pandemic to help protect our associates and customers, including installing sneeze guards at registers, temperature checks and mandatory mask-wearing for associates, placing social distancing signage and enacting emergency leave policy for associates who are unable or uncomfortable coming to work. Additionally, through the help of our health ambassadors, we will continue requiring customers to wear protective facial coverings while inside the building.
“We will continue working closely with elected and local health officials, adjusting how we serve the community while also keeping the health and safety of our customers and associates in mind.”Walmart corporate statement
The company’s news release also directed people to Walmart’s COVID-19 response website.
The company has taken a similar approach at some of its other stores around the country, in recent days, company officials confirmed. A quick search of Google News shows some examples of similar closures.
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Walmart closes some locations for 'deep cleaning'
In April, when the reality of COVID-19 had settled in and nonessential retailers were closed to foster social distancing, Walmart sought to assure employees that things were under control.
"Our first, shared priority is to keep you well and safe," CEO Doug McMillion said in an April 9 open memo to employees. "Despite being on the front lines, our overall number of known cases is tracking with the national rate of cases per capita for the general population, with less than 1% of our workforce having confirmed cases. We have lost some associates, and that is obviously painful. We’re supporting the loved ones of our associates, and our hearts go out to them."
Walmart didn't immediately respond to Retail Dive's request for an update on the percentage of workers who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in the weeks since then.
United for Respect, an advocacy group for Walmart store workers, alleges there have been "at least 22 deaths and thousands of COVID-19 cases nationwide ... reported among Walmart associates."Nearly 800 cases as of press time have been reported to a tracker the group developed for employees to disclose cases at their stores. Walmart didn't immediately respond to Retail Dive's questions about the accuracy of the estimates and the tracker.
As an essential retailer selling groceries and household staples, Walmart was able to keep stores open. In the first quarter, a time when overall retail sales tumbled 16% year over year, Walmart's U.S. store comps rose 10% and digital sales soared 74%.
That came with some costs, however, including extra measures to make stores cleaner and safer and extra pay to employees for the added risk — some $755 million in special cash bonuses to all hourly associates and accelerated payment of $170 million in a regular bonus program. Those bonuses have been renewed once, per Walmart. A limited-time leave policy for those who felt sick or uncomfortable about working has been extended to July 31.
Walmart has closed several stores for deep cleaning in recent weeks and months, according to local news reports detailing closures of one to three days in different locations. In some, but not all, cases Walmart or municipalities confirmed positive COVID-19 tests as the reason for the closure and cleaning. Walmart or Sam's Club stores in Iowa, California and Texas were all closed this month for deep cleaning. In the spring, stores in California and New Orleans were closed. On April 30, the public health director in Worcester, Massachusetts, sent Walmart a cease-and-desist notice to shut down a local Walmart in order to test employees; in May the city said 85 employees had tested positive, and later allowed the store to reopen after cleaning.
A spokesperson for Walmart said, "We have protocols in place for informing associates when there is a case inside a store. There are daily discussions considering measures we should take for impacted stores, such as where to utilize 3rd-party cleaning and stores where we temporarily close for the purpose of sanitization."
A representative for United for Respect for Change, told Retail Dive in an email that, "based on what we've been seeing and hearing from associates, the overall take is that it's pretty inconsistent and there are major transparency issues."
Retailers are in a tough position because transparency, guidance, rules and protocols vary by state or even locality, experts say.
"We are giving mixed messages, there's no universal standard," Deb Gabor, CEO and founder of Sol Marketing and author of "Irrational Loyalty: Building a Brand that Thrives in Turbulent Times," told Retail Dive in an interview. "If you leave it up to the retailer to enforce, that puts them between a rock and a hard place. I would also say, though, that we know that brands need to take responsibility, they need to be accountable and communicate, all the things that are crisis communication 101. In this case, what are Walmart's communication standards? Do they leave it up to the stores?"
UPDATE: June 24, 2020: This story has been updated to include a statement from Walmart about store cleaning procedures. It has also been updated to reflect that a United for Respect representative emailed comments to Retail Dive.
Whether you are moving house or your carpet needs some attention, you may be wondering whether or not Walmart has a carpet cleaning rental service.
Below, you will see our full guide on the Walmart carpet cleaner rental service, the price, how to use it, different models, and more. Let’s get started!
Walmart Carpet Cleaner Rental 2021
Walmart does offer a carpet cleaner rental service via their dedicated Rug Doctor self-service kiosks located in most Walmart stores. Carpet cleaners can be rented for up to 48 hours and cost $29.99 for 24-hours and $39.99 for 48-hours. Additional accessories and carpet cleaning solutions are not included in this price.
To learn more about the different models of carpet cleaners Walmart rents, accessories, and more, keep on reading!
What Walmart Locations Offer A Carpet Cleaner Rental?
By using Rug Doctor’s dedicated rental location interface, customers can discover a variety of local stores, depending on their zip code, that offer a dedicated carpet cleaner rental service.
Through this interface, users can check if their local Walmart offers the carpet cleaner rental service, and if not, they can find the nearest Walmart location that does.
How To Rent A Carpet Cleaner From Walmart
Once you have found a Walmart location with a Rug Doctor kiosk, the next thing is to rent one!
When in-store, you will likely find the kiosk located next to the customer service desk at the front of the store.
When at the Rug Doctor kiosk, there will be a touch screen where you can enter the cleaner you want to rent, your name, phone number, and address.
After you have entered this information, you will then be prompted to pay with your preferred payment method. Once the payment has been successful, the kiosk cage will unlock and allow you to remove your carpet cleaner!
Returning A Carpet Cleaner To Walmart
When you have finished with your rental, simply bring it back to any Rug Doctor kiosk and enter the same details used to hire the carpet cleaner.
Once you input your personal details, the kiosk will unlock, and you will be able to put the carpet cleaner back into the storage cage.
What Models Of Carpet Cleaner Does Walmart Rent Out To Customers?
The range of machines available at Walmart can range from each location, but most Walmart stores offer Rug Doctor models such as the: Mighty Pro, Wide Track, Pro Portable, X3, and Pro Deep models, to name just a few.
Users of Rug Doctor’s location finder can also find out whether certain locations offer newer models or older models of machines.
As well as this, the service allows customers to search by specific models of carpet cleaner.
Are There Late Fees For Walmart Carpet Cleaner Rentals?
Walmart does have a late fee for their carpet cleaner rentals. As mentioned above, customers are given the option to rent the machines for periods of 24 hours or 48 hours.
If the machine isn’t returned within their rental period, then the customer will be made to pay for an extra day, regardless of if that day has fully elapsed yet.
Do Walmart Sell Or Rent Cleaning Solutions?
Rug Doctor machines require appropriate cleaning solutions to get to work. These solutions can be bought within Walmart stores from around $10 to $25.
Some solutions focus on pet stains, while others focus on simple all-around cleans. It is best to find out ahead of time what you need of your solution to get the most out of your rental.
Rug Doctor recommends using their own solution brand, but other brands or DIY solutions can also be used with the machines.
Extra accessories can be rented alongside the carpet cleaners themselves. These accessories can range from upholstery accessories, that will allow you to clean furniture, to drying fans to help to dry carpets and furniture.
Is It Better To Buy A Carpet Cleaner Than To Rent One?
The answer to this question can depend entirely on your intended use of the carpet cleaner.
At their most expensive, Walmart sells Rug Doctor carpet cleaners for up to $550, with the lowest price listed on their website at around $150.
However, if you frequently clean your carpets or need them as part of your business, the investment to purchase may prove worthwhile.
Does Walmart Rent Out Steam Cleaners?
Walmart does not offer a rental service for steam cleaning machines or tools made to clean hard floors.
However, you can purchase steam cleaners at Walmart stores as they stock multiple models that range in price from around $30 to $200.
For alternative places to rent carpet cleaners, also see my full guide on renting carpet cleaners from Dollar General.
Walmart does offer a carpet cleaner rental service. Most stores offer this service, but customers can find out which stores specifically do, via the Rug Doctor website.
Walmart stocks a wide variety of machines that can be rented for as long as 48 hours, for up to around $40.
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