It’s a rare day that I set foot in a Walmart store. Truth be known, when it comes to shopping, I have a disappearing act that makes David Copperfield look clueless, so it’s really not a Walmart thing. Nonetheless, I was in a Walmart the other day that was in the process of a complete overhaul to incorporate their new fresh look—colors, logo, no hyphen in the name.
My wife was with me and we were in the store to get one thing, which was at the back of the facility. While there, we decided to pick up some paper goods, cleaning supplies, etc., which necessitated my walking all of the way to the front to get a cart, and say hi to the greeter person for the second time (If you’re a Jeff Dunham fan, a joke comes to mind at this point). While strolling through the store, I started to realize that the lighting was very pleasing, more so than any store I’d been in recently. It created a crisp, clean look and felt good, i.e., I didn’t mind being in the store.
I looked up. Much to my surprise, I saw rows and rows of skylights. Yes, other than around the edges and a few places where artificial lighting made sense, the entire store was lit by daylight. Fluorescent lights were up there, too, but those irritating tubes were turned off, for the most part. I stopped and just took in the lighting and the very pleasing effect it was having on the store environment. I saw first hand why studies keep telling us that daylighting in retail, healthcare, and education facilities has a positive overall effect. It really does work. A tip of the cap to Walmart’s store designers.
However, as nice as the experience was, I’ll still avoid shopping like the plague.—Gary L. Parr