Walmart to invest over $450m in Florida
Supermarket chain Walmart has announced its plans to invest over $450m and employ more than 2,750 people in Florida, US.
The plan will bolster the company’s more than 375-facility footprint in Florida.
The retailer plans to open nine new stores across the state that will create over 800 jobs.
It also intends to make a multimillion-dollar capital investment to remodel over 40 stores in the state.
The next few months will see the company announcing the opening of its 150-acre e-commerce distribution centre campus in Davenport.
The retailer intends to invest more than $300m in two buildings spanning across 2.2 million square feet.
The company has also confirmed its plans to break ground on a new distribution centre for perishable goods in the city of Cocoa later this year, as well as invest more than $145m in the 640,000ft² distribution facility.
Walmart vice-president and regional general manager in North Florida Elise Vasquez-Warner said: “We’ll build on that momentum as we continue to focus on how to better serve our customers through innovation and investments so they can save both time and money.
“We’ve had a sharp focus on making our store experience second to none and our customers are telling us that our plan is working. Our team is energised and we’re looking forward to exceeding our customer’s expectations for what a great Walmart shopping experience can be like.”
Walmart opened its first outlet in Florida in 1982. It serves customers at 375 retail units and online through Walmart Grocery Pickup, Walmart.com and Jet.com, as well as employs more than 108,000 associates in the state.