Christmas decorations at the store in Southfield, Mich., are being decorated to reflect the company’s efforts to sell its Christmas products, according to an internal memo obtained by Politico.
The holiday decor is part of the company ‘s efforts to attract shoppers in a crowded marketplace that is rapidly expanding in size, said the memo, which was obtained by the outlet.
“Wal-Mart has a great track record of success in selling Christmas products and a strong Christmas brand.
We will continue to be on our toes to make sure we continue to attract and grow shoppers to our stores,” said the senior vice president and general manager of merchandise for Walmart Stores Inc. and Wal-Marts in a statement to Politico.
“We are proud of the success we’ve achieved in our efforts to promote the Christmas season and we believe that our decorations will continue the momentum of the year,” said Michael Sivak, the company spokesman.
The Christmas decorations were part of an effort to sell more holiday merchandise this year.
The company also unveiled plans to invest $4 billion to expand its workforce of 1,400 in the U.S. this year, including creating 3,000 jobs, hiring 1,000 additional workers, hiring 800 new stores and expanding its delivery service.
The announcement came on the same day that Walmart announced that it had reached an agreement with American Express to buy a $2.6 billion stake in the company.