Walmart building Atlantic Canada grocery DC

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Walmart Canada is building its first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The new distribution centre will provide fresh and frozen groceries for Walmart Canada’s 43 Atlantic Canada stores.

The 221,000 square foot facility will sit on almost 19 acres of land. Walmart’s $56 million investment in the project is part of the company’s previously announced $3.5 billion spending planned over the next five years.

It will incorporate numerous green features such as and Energy Star white reflective roof; energy efficient LED lighting with integrated motion sensors and intelligent controls; and natural refrigerants. Waste heat generated from the refrigeration system will be reclaimed and used to supply underfloor heating systems. It will also employ lithium-ion battery powered electric material handling equipment.

The company also notes that by placing the DC in closer proximity to its Atlantic stores, millions of truck kilometres will be removed from the supply chain each year

The site will be located at 125 Frenette Ave and is slated to open fall 2022.

The project will create more than 200 jobs inside the distribution centre, as well as construction and engineering roles during the build. Over the last 12 months, Walmart has purchased more than $185 million worth of products from over 68 Atlantic Canada-based suppliersĀ inĀ support of local economies. Twenty-one of these suppliers are in New Brunswick.

“Walmart’s decision to locate its Eastern Canadian Distribution Centre here in Moncton is a both welcome news and a recognition of the city and province’s growth advantage,” said New Brunswick premier Blaine Higgs.

“The importance of supply chains is well understood after the past year of upheaval. Moncton and its vast supply chain apparatus of distribution centres, excellent roads, rail connection, air links as well as top calibre people have helped keep the region going.”

Moncton is the newest project in a set of new distribution centres for Walmart Canada. In July 2018 it announced it was investing more than $175 million to build a new 300,000 square foot, fresh and frozen grocery facility in Surrey, B.C. It will open in 2022. In August 2020 it broke ground on a 550,000 square foot distribution centre located in Vaughan, Ontario. When the facility is operational in 2024, the site will handle ambient general merchandise and food products.

Walmart Canada operates a chain of more than 400 stores nationwide