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Old 04-14-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Has anyone completed a Walmart remodel, was approached by a GC that was awarded one. I heard they are hard projects (dealing with their project managers, the night work,etc) wondering if it's worth it?

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Has anyone completed a Walmart remodel, was approached by a GC that was awarded one. I heard they are hard projects (dealing with their project managers, the night work,etc) wondering if it's worth it?
There is money to be made but do not cheat on their specifications because about 11 - 12 months after the turn over date you will be back fixing the issues if you want your retainage.

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There is money to be made but do not cheat on their specifications because about 11 - 12 months after the turn over date you will be back fixing the issues if you want your retainage.
And WalMart just loooooooves retainage!

WalMart also pretty much runs the whole show. They tell you when you can work, how to do the work, where to do the work, what materials to use..... you're pretty much a grunt no matter how experienced you are.
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There is money to be made but do not cheat on their specifications because about 11 - 12 months after the turn over date you will be back fixing the issues if you want your retainage.
Bob,
It sounds like you have been down this road before.
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They are talking about a 2 1/2 project. Changing pharmacy, power poles, lights, adding panels,etc...

@480 Sparky, thats what I have heard that the Walmart project managers run the show and are strict.
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Bob,
It sounds like you have been down this road before.


Yeah, I have been sent back to clean up some minor issues in the past.
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And WalMart just loooooooves retainage!

WalMart also pretty much runs the whole show. They tell you when you can work, how to do the work, where to do the work, what materials to use..... you're pretty much a grunt no matter how experienced you are.
I think that is a pretty fair description of it.

If you are used to being the contractor that steers the job you can forget about that.
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I like the drawings for jobs like a Wal-Mart because a lot of times the drawings tell you wire size for voltage drop on a particular circuit in the panel schedules.
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I have bid / done a couple. You have to make sure you review the entire set of bid documents. CHECK and DOUBLE CHECK!!!

The construction managers know their stores, drawings and specs. Do not think you will pull on over on them.

Overall, they are good jobs. Especially if it is for a good GC. They will either help you make money, or they will destroy you. DO not do one for a GC you have never worked with, or do not know. You have to know how they operate...

Walmart pays good, better than most. If you can make the job work, take it!!!
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AaronJ, see this thread Shuttin down a Walmart

and fire off a PM to SparkYZ he's been doing a lot of Wally World work lately.
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the company i was with last summer did a walmart remodel. Worst experience i ever had. The GC's are terrible, the way walmart tells you when you cant work and when you canis lovely, and they love to hold money back from your company.
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the company i was with last summer did a walmart remodel. Worst experience i ever had. The GC's are terrible, the way walmart tells you when you cant work and when you canis lovely, and they love to hold money back from your company.

Thats a good reason to stear clear of that..
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Has anyone completed a Walmart remodel, was approached by a GC that was awarded one. I heard they are hard projects (dealing with their project managers, the night work,etc) wondering if it's worth it?
hey aaron i have done a walmart remodel and its not that good
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Aaron, most if the stores I've done out here suck, but haven't really been as bad as Bob or Ken say. If you really want to consider it, pm me and ill give you my phone number.
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I have bid / done a couple. You have to make sure you review the entire set of bid documents. CHECK and DOUBLE CHECK!!!

The construction managers know their stores, drawings and specs. Do not think you will pull on over on them.

Overall, they are good jobs. Especially if it is for a good GC. They will either help you make money, or they will destroy you. DO not do one for a GC you have never worked with, or do not know. You have to know how they operate...

Walmart pays good, better than most. If you can make the job work, take it!!!
I've been doing 2 or 3 Walmart a year for the past 6 years. They don't pay like they used to.

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