Walmart breaks ground on new DC. Marc Muzzo, Angelo De Gasperis, Founder and Principal of Condor Properties, Jessica Maggioni, Condor Properties, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor, City of Vaughan, Doug Ford, Ontario Premier, Horacio Barbeito, Walmart Canada President and CEO, Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO, Stephen Lecce, Ontario Education Minister, Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and John Yakabuski, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)Walmart breaks ground on new DC. From left: Marc Muzzo, Angelo De Gasperis, founder and principal of Condor Properties; Jessica Maggioni, Condor Properties; Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor, City of Vaughan; Doug Ford, Ontario Premier; Horacio Barbeito, Walmart Canada President and CEO; Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO; Stephen Lecce, Ontario Education Minister; Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development. Job Creation and Trade; and John Yakabuski, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada)

Walmart Canada broke ground on its new 550,000 sq ft distribution centre in Vaughan, Ont.

Walmart’s newest distribution centre will handle ambient general merchandise and food products. More than 70 million cases of Canadians' favourite products from more than 3,000 suppliers, including big brands to small businesses, will flow through this distribution centre annually – the highest volume of any Walmart facility in the country. The project is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and is slated to open in 2024.

"This is a very exciting time for Walmart Canada and our customers across the country. Our new distribution centre is going to be a world-class facility, which will help us grow and make our business better and simpler for our customers," says Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO, Walmart Canada. "These are challenging times for everyone, but we are investing for growth because we believe in  and  future and are proud to do business in this great country."

The new facility in Vaughan is in addition to a brand new 300,000 sq ft distribution centre currently under construction in Surrey,B.C.

Walmart is also renovating an existing distribution centre in Cornwall, Ont.

The distribution centres are part of a suite of investments Walmart Canada is making to generate significant growth and to make the online and in-store shopping experience simpler, faster and more convenient for Walmart's customers. The investment over the next five years will lead to the use of advanced technologies working alongside associates in a state-of the-art facility to move products as quickly as possible.

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