Walmart has opened a $135m distribution centre in Mobile, Alabama, US, to bolster its supply chain network.
The distribution centre is expected to improve regional economic growth and local career opportunities with a path for advancement.
Alabama Governor Kay Ive said: “Walmart proves to be a great corporate partner to the state of Alabama, year after year, by investing in its stores, its employees and the surrounding community. Their commitment cannot be better proven than by the opening of this new Distribution Center, which, when fully operational, will provide approximately 750 quality jobs in the Mobile area.
“We are grateful to Walmart for supporting the economic health of the Port City, and for the large role they play in propelling our great state forward.”
The new storage and cross-dock facility was announced in March, and it is expected to provide multiple regional distribution centres that support around 700 Walmart stores in Alabama, Mississippi, and beyond.
The Mobile distribution centre marks Walmart’s sixth import distribution centre in the US and will cover 2.6 million square feet of space.
Walmart Direct Import Logistics vice president Jeff Breazeale said: “We are excited about how this facility will help us better serve our customers across the South and beyond, while creating a positive economic impact locally through job creation and future development.
“We are grateful to the State of Alabama, Mobile County, the City of Mobile, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama State Port Authority for the warm welcome we have received here, and we look forward to a strong partnership with the community for years to come.”
Once the distribution centre is fully operational, it will employ over 750 full-time associates with wages presently averaging $16.50 per hour.