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Walmart Canada boosting food capacity


May 8, 2009
By Walmart Canada

May 8, 2009, Mississauga, Ont. — Walmart Canada will invest $115
million to build a state-of-art distribution centre in Balzac, Alberta.

May 8, 2009, Mississauga, Ont. — Walmart Canada will invest $115 million to build a state-of-art distribution centre in Balzac, Alberta.

Among the largest refrigerated buildings in Canada, the centre will be 400,000 square feet in size and serve as a distribution hub for fresh food destined for Walmart stores in Western Canada. This will support the expansion of Walmart’s modern Supercentre format, which adds a complete range of groceries to its traditional general merchandise selection, as well as its commitment to being a leader on environmental sustainability.
 
“This distribution centre provides us a state-of-the-art facility, custom made to deliver the freshest products available for our Walmart customers all across the West,” said Andy Ellis, senior vice-president, Supply Chain and Logistics.
 
Walmart Canada has invested $220 million in the past year to modernize and expand its distribution network. The network supplies 312 stores nationwide from eight distribution facilities: four sites in Calgary, Alberta, including Balzac; one site in Cornwall, Ontario; and three sites in Mississauga, including a newly opened 450,000-square-foot, refrigerated centre that will be the model for the Balzac location. The facility will be built and operated with rigid environmental standards.

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“We’re helping Walmart build one of the largest perishable-food buildings in Canada, to very high environmental standards, injecting more than $100 million and a thousand jobs into the local economy,” said Paul Polson, vice-president of Stuart Olson Constructors Inc. The company is at the forefront of the green building movement and has a full understanding of LEED® certification through the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).  

Walmart has committed to three long-term goals for environmental sustainability that guide its operations and partnerships:
• To become a zero waste business.
• To operate with 100 per cent renewable energy.
• To provide customers with products that sustain resources and the environment.  

 


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