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Walmart to spend $500 million on Canadian expansion

More than 7,500 new store, distribution network, construction, and e-commerce jobs to be created


February 4, 2014
by MM&D Online staff

MISSISSAUGA, ON—Walmart Canada plans to complete 35 supercentre projects in the company’s fiscal year which runs from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015. The company will also expand its distribution network to support its growth and will continue to expand its e-commerce operation, walmart.ca.

The projects will represent a combined investment of close to $500 million in the Canadian economy over the next year and will include the construction of new stores as well as the expansion, remodeling and relocation of existing stores. The investments will include more than $376 million for store projects, $91 million for distribution network projects to grow Walmart Canada’s fresh food capability, and $31 million for e-commerce projects. The combined expansion is expected to generate more than 7,500 jobs over the next year, including construction jobs.

The locations for specific store and distribution centre projects will be announced as specific projects become finalized.  Today’s announcement will bring Walmart Canada’s store count to 395 by the end of January, 2015, including 282 supercentres and 113 discount stores.

Walmart Canada’s supercentres each carry more than 100,000 products ranging from groceries to apparel, home decor and electronics as well as services such as pharmacies, garden centres and vision centres. Walmart Canada’s online store—walmart.ca—is growing rapidly and offers more than 150,000 products.

Walmart Canada operates a chain of 389 stores nationwide, including 247 supercentres, serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. In addition, Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, walmart.ca, is visited by 300,000 customers daily.