Walmart Canada to spend $1 billion on infrastructure projects, unveils plans for Quebec fulfilment centre
Slated to open in 2024, the $100 million facility near Montreal will be the first of its kind for Walmart in the province
Canadian Grocer Staff
A rendering of the Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que. fulfillment centre. Photography courtesy of Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada is spending $1 billion on infrastructure projects this year, including a $100 million fulfilment centre near Montreal in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.
The 457,000 sq. ft. facility, slated to open in 2024, is the first of its kind for the retailer in the province and will serve as a delivery hub for customer orders in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
Walmart expects the centre will create some 225 new jobs.
It will be capable of shipping 20 million items annually from the facility to local customers and of storing 500,000 items to fulfil direct to home and in-store pickup orders.
Walmart will also spend $330 million to revamp and refresh more than 80 stores from Port Alberni, B.C. to Carbonear, N.L.
That includes expanding product assortment; integrating omnichannel spaces for online orders; and replacing and upgrading legacy systems with new technology and applications.
These projects are all part of Walmart Canada’s multi-year $3.5 billion plan to improve its online and in-store shopping experience.
“We know these are challenging times for our customers. That’s why we are proud to be making significant investments in Canada to deliver the very best shopping experience,” said JP Suarez, executive vice President, chief administration office, and regional CEO for Walmart International, who is also leading Walmart Canada on an interim basis. “We are building a better Walmart Canada to help more Canadians save money and live better. As the cost of living rises, Canadians can trust Walmart to be that convenient, one-stop shop for everyday low prices.”