TheStreet has come across two Walmart locations -- one in Garden City, N.Y., and another in Walmart's backyard in Arkansas -- in recent weeks that rock a mostly bright blue exterior (picture above) with dark grey accents. At the center of the storefront is a five-sided triangle -- which looks like a home's roof -- with the word "Walmart" spelled out alongside a bright yellow sunflower. A similar storefront recently debuted at a new store opening in Burbank, Calif.
The new look has a classier feel compared to most Walmart stores that are painted in sterile tan color with white Walmart lettering, and are reminiscent of the clean layout of a Target (TGT) - Get Target Corporation Report store.
"The blue exterior is one of the things we're piloting in a few stores so," Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove confirmed to TheStreet. When asked if the design would be rolled out chain-wide, Hargrove said, "We're continually looking at our stores, and that's one example."
A Walmart store in Garden City, New York.
A Walmart store in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Although a classier exterior may help boost Walmart's image over time, some consumers may not be so quick to embrace the notion the company's super-centers off a Target-like experience. TheStreet's Twitter followers came out in force on Monday to mostly pan the new design when presented with the photo of the Garden City location.