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Carl's Jr.

An empty lot on the corner of Blue Lakes Boulevard and Heyburn Avenue sits ready for construction Jan. 26, 2018, in Twin Falls. The site will be the location of the new Carl's Jr.

PAT SUTPHIN, TIMES-NEWS FILE

TWIN FALLS — Walmart in Twin Falls is undergoing extensive remodeling that will bring a new service to customers.

The company received a building permit last month for a $1.3 million interior and exterior remodel at 252 Cheney Drive W. The biggest change will be a new online grocery pickup feature, a company spokeswoman said.

Using this program, customers will be able to order Walmart groceries online for in-store pickup at no additional cost. After a customer arranges for a pickup time, a Walmart employee loads the groceries into the customer’s vehicle upon arrival at the store.

“Online grocery pickup is a major addition that will save time for busy moms and families,” store manager Tracy Hansen said in a statement. “They’ll even be able to shop in the convenience of their homes and swing by the store to pick up their items when ready.”

The remodel began on April 16 and will be completed this summer, the company said. In addition to Online Grocery Pickup, the store will get new interior paint and signage, expanded electronics and home departments and a new pharmacy wellness room.

“Most remodel work is done overnight, so there is minimal impact on our customers,” Hansen said. “When our remodel is complete there will be a wider assortment of choices for our shoppers.”

Twin Falls has reported an increase in new commercial permits for the year-to-date—up 157 percent. Commercial additions and remodels are up 14.6 percent.

“Commercial is going strong, as it has been for some time,” city spokesman Joshua Palmer said.

Although Twin Falls got a boost in homebuilding for April – approving a higher-than-average 33 permits – the city isn’t reporting an increase in homebuilding over-the-year. The 132 permits for the year to date were down 6.4 percent from last year.

Here are some other commercial building projects that received permits last month:

Woodbury Corp.

  • got the building permit for site work and a retaining wall for
  • at 1597 Pole Line Road E. This work was valued at $350,000. Olive Garden got approved for a permit for its building in May, Palmer said.

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  • got a permit for a new restaurant at 292 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., with work valued at $650,000. Kevin Mortensen, the property developer, said the company would be managing the construction itself and would probably open the restaurant in late summer. It’s owned by the same franchise that owns all Idaho Carl’s Jr. stores, and the restaurant will have a drive-through.

McDonald’s

  • received a permit for a $500,000 remodel of its restaurant at 869 Pole Line Road, with interior and exterior upgrades.

Nothing But Sunshine Daycare

  • got a permit for a $336,000 remodel at 1363 Park View Drive.

St. Luke’s Health System

  • got a permit for a $500,000 remodel of the former DaVita Dialysis building at 1840 Canyon Crest Drive. Spokeswoman Michelle Bartlome said the hospital will relocate its St. Luke’s Clinic — Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, currently located at North College Road.
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