The Canadian chapter of the US-based major retailer Walmart Stores plans to set up 47 hiring centres across the country to support the company’s growth.

By the end of 2013, Walmart is expected to invest some $750m to open, relocate or remodel 73 retail outlets, including most of the former Zellers stores for which Walmart Canada bought leasehold rights in June 2011.

Over half of the 73 projects will become supercentres offering a range of groceries as well as general merchandise.

Walmart Canada People senior vice-president Bob Hakeem said, "We are extremely excited to be adding more than 4,000 new associates to our team."

About 10,500 construction jobs are expected to be generated by various projects, in addition to the permanent jobs.

Walmart Canada health and wellness senior vice-president Eric Muir said the company has already hired many pharmacy associates that previously worked for Zellers and are looking to fill additional positions.

The retailer has already hired 900 employees this, from sales associates to managers in its stores across Canada, to field operations and home office positions.

Walmart Canada, which operates a chain of discount stores and supercenters, plans to hire an additional 3,100 workers by the end of 2013, raising its overall payroll to 94,000.

The company, which opened its first Canadian supercentres in Ontario in 2006, will reopen former Zeller stores as Walmart stores in this fiscal year.

Discount retailer Target also has plans to open 125-135 stores and has purchased the leasehold interests of 189 sites currently operated by Zellers.

Walmart Stores claims to serve customers over 200 million times per week at more than 10,130 retail outlets under 69 different banners in 27 countries.