Walmart Canada is planning to establish a frozen grocery facility in Surrey, British Columbia (BC), with an investment of more than $175m.
The retailer will commence the construction of the 300,000ft2 facility in early-2021 and plans to support it with 300 construction and engineering roles. Building designers will focus on sustainability to make it a zero-waste facility.
The facility will open in early-2022 and is expected to create 150 to 200 long-term jobs.
Walmart Canada logistics and supply chain senior vice-president John Bayliss said: “Walmart Canada is delighted to build our new fulfilment centre in Surrey.
“We believe that our zero-waste, sustainable facility will be a great fit for this community. We are also looking forward to working closely with the outstanding universities and colleges in Greater Vancouver to connect with highly skilled individuals and offer employment opportunities.”
Once operational, the facility will be used to deliver fresh produce and frozen grocery to 60 stores across British Columbia. It will also reduce long-haul trips for the company, as well as its carbon footprint.
Walmart Canada has also partnered with a warehouse technology company to design a modern and innovative building, including automated technology that will work alongside associates.
Walmart Canada currently operates 410 stores across the country, serving more than 1.2 million customers each day.
The company also operates its online store, walmart.ca, which is visited by 600,000 customers daily.