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Walmart Canada will open 35 to 40 supercentrers in 2010, including new stores, relocations of existing stores, store expansions and store remodels, representing a combined investment of almost half a billion dollars in Canadian communities. The supercenters are expected to generate about 6,500 store and construction jobs, with specific store locations to be revealed over the coming weeks and months.
Walmart Canada’s store count is expected to reach as much as 325 stores by the end of the year, including 124 supercenters and 201 discount stores.
In addition to store expansions, Walmart Canada, which launched in 2006, is investing in its first sustainable refrigerated distribution center, which is slated for Balzac, Alberta, this fall. The company is investing $115 million in the construction of the center, which will result in the creation of 1,400 jobs, including trade and construction positions.
Expected to be one of the most energy-efficient distribution facilities of its kind in North America, the new DC will be an estimated 60 percent more energy-efficient than Walmart’s traditional refrigerated distribution centers, and will include a pilot of fuel cell technology among many other sustainable features.