24 January 2013

Walmart plans $450 million expansion in Canada

- 37 supercentre projects will add 1.4 million square feet of retail space
- Create more than 7,000 new store, trade and construction jobs 
· First supercentres in Maritmes to open this fiscal year

Mississauga, Ontario - 22 January 2013 - Walmart Canada announced that it plans to complete at least 37 supercentre projects in the company’s next fiscal year, which runs from February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014. The company also announced it will be expanding its distribution network to support its ongoing store growth and expansion plans. 

The distribution centre projects, construction of new stores, and expansion, remodelling or relocation of existing stores represents an investment of more than $450 million in the Canadian economy. These expansion plans are expected to generate more than 7,000 store, trade and construction jobs.

Walmart’s supercentres provide Canadians with a one-stop shopping experience. Each stores carries close to 100,000 different products ranging from apparel and home decor to electronics and grocery, plus specialty services such as pharmacies, garden centres, and vision centres. The company will also introduce the supercentre format to locations in the Maritimes this year.

“We’re truly delighted to be adding a full grocery section to more locations across the country, including the opening of our first supercentres in the Maritimes,” said Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Walmart Canada.

The locations for specific store and distribution centre projects will be announced as the details for each project are finalized.

As of January 31, 2013, Walmart Canada will have 379 stores, including 209 supercentres. Today’s announcement is expected to bring the company’s store count to 388 by the end of January, 2014. The retailer will grand open nine supercentres this Friday, January 25. The final two stores included with the 73 store projects planned for the current fiscal year will grand open on January 31. Today’s announcement is a continuation of the growth rate of 35 to 40 supercentre projects in Canada for the past several years. FY13 was an exceptional year due to the addition of 73 projects which included 39 former Zellers locations.

With over 94,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers. 

Source: Walmart