Walmart breaks ground on new GTA DC

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
Marc Muzzo and Angelo De Gasperis, founder and principal of Condor Properties; Jessica Maggioni, Condor Properties; Maurizio Bevilacqua, mayor, City of Vaughan; Doug Ford, Ontario premier; Horacio Barbeito, Walmart Canada president and CEO; Wayne Emmerson, York Region chairman and CEO; Stephen Lecce, Ontario education minister; Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of economic development, job creation and trade; and John Yakabuski, Ontario minister of natural resources and forestry. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)

VAUGHAN, Ontario – Walmart Canada and Condor Properties have broken ground on a new state-of-the-art distribution centre in Vaughan, Ontario.

On the heels of announcing a major $3.5 billion investment into all aspects of the business, Walmart’s new facility is a next generation 550,000 square foot distribution centre located at 11110 Jane Street (Jane St. and Teston Road).

When the modern facility is operational in 2024, the site will handle ambient general merchandise and food products. More than 70 million cases from more than 3,000 suppliers, including big brands to small businesses, will flow through this distribution centre annually – the highest volume of any Walmart facility in the country. The project is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs in Vaughan.

The new facility in Vaughan is in addition to a brand new 300,000 square foot distribution centre currently under construction in Surrey, British Columbia. Walmart is also renovating its existing distribution centre in Cornwall, Ontario.

The investment over the next five years will lead to the use of advanced technologies working alongside associates in a state-of the-art facility to move products as quickly as possible.

“This is a very exciting time for Walmart Canada and our customers across the country. Our new distribution centre is going to be a world-class facility, which will help us grow and make our business better and simpler for our customers,” said Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO, Walmart Canada.

“These are challenging times for everyone, but we are investing for growth because we believe in Ontario and Canada’s future and are proud to do business in this great country.”