Albuquerque, NM

Major, Sweeping Change Coming to New Mexico Walmart Stores

Joel Eisenberg

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Three major New Mexico Walmart locations are losing their self-checkout lanes in favor of returning to full-service checkouts.

It should be noted, however, no plans in this regard have (yet) been finalized for other New Mexico locations, or elsewhere nationally.

Firstly, for perspective per There are 4,630 Walmart stores in the United States as of September 18, 2023. The state with the most number of Walmart locations in the US is Texas, with 514 stores, which is about 11% of all Walmart stores in the US.

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Walmart, 2023

According to a September 28th report from, Walmart is pulling self-checkout lanes from at least three stores, requiring shoppers to have an employee ring up their orders.

As excerpted from the report: Two stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were recently renovated to replace the checkout lanes, and changes to a third area store are slated to be finished in October, Walmart spokesperson Josh Havens told Insider. The three stores losing self-checkout are at 400 Eubank NE, 2701 Carlisle NE, and 2266 Wyoming NE, the Albuquerque Journal.

The return to full-service checkout lanes appears to be a response to ongoing shoplifting concerns, acts of which have reportedly increased since the rise of self-checkout.


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