(From left to right, Walmart Canada Executive Vice President, Transformation Officer John Bayliss, New Brunswick Economic Development Minister Arlene Dunn, Walmart Canada President and CEO Horacio Barbeito, Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold, New Brunswick Local Government Minister Daniel Allain and Walmart Canada Chief Merchandising Officer Kieran Shanahan. (CNW Group/Walmart Canada Corp.)
Walmart Canada broke ground Thursday on its first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada—a brand new, 223,000 square-foot facility in Moncton, New Brunswick, which is slated to open in fall 2022.
The new distribution centre, to be located at 135 Frenette Ave., will provide fresh and frozen groceries to 43 Walmart stores in Atlantic Canada. The next-generation facility will benefit our East Coast customers by bringing products closer to them. Customers will see better product availability and quicker service whether they choose to shop in-store or online through Walmart.ca.
This project is reportedly creating more than 200 jobs in Moncton and surrounding communities, including more than 100 jobs inside the distribution centre. Walmart has stated that the distribution centre, which sits on nearly 19 acres of land, will emphasize environmental sustainability by reducing long-haul truck deliveries and removing millions of kilometres from the supply chain each year. The company plans to invest over $56 million in the project, part of a $3.5 billion investment into all aspects of the business over five years.