Walmart is heading up a new project in its home state: that of a new 300-acre corporate HQ in northwest Arkansas. As the labor war wages on, the retailer is hoping its new headquarters is enough to lure in talent thanks to a few exciting perks.
“Arkansas has been good to us, and there’s nowhere else we’d rather call home. When I imagine the next 60 years, I can’t help but smile at the possibilities," said Doug McMillon, President and CEO.
In a press release, Walmart's Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Dan Bartlett, outlined what new and veteran Walmart employees can expect from the HQ, including ample natural light, expanded food offerings, convenient parking, fitness options, and a child care facility.
“We expect this will accelerate Walmart’s digital transformation and help attract the next generation of talent with state-of-the-art technology and contemporary conveniences,” Bartlett wrote in the press release.
The new facility will also feature solar panels atop parking decks, energy-efficient lighting, HVAC systems, regionally sourced building materials, and a habitat for wildlife, shade paths, and bike trails.
The new HQ is specifically designed to create more of a community amidst its employees—which Bartlett believes its current Bentonville-based headquarters lacks due to its structure. In order to promote collaboration while also pushing forward its digital transformation, the retailer pulled inspiration from college campuses like Stanford University, the University of Texas, and the University of Arkansas, as well as other companies’ innovative corporate campuses like Apple and McDonald’s.
“We view this…more like a college university campus, versus a walled-off-from-the-community corporate headquarters,” Bartlett continued. “We want it to feel—and it will be—very accessible to the community.”
In terms of the labor war, according to Business Insider, Bartlett revealed to reporters that "It’s a very competitive talent war. And as we are striving to attract and retain the best talent in order for us to win the future of retail, a key component that is the work environment in which we’re creating.”
Construction will kick off this July, with the project expected to be completed in 2024. Walmart plans to open in phases between 2020 and 2024.
Will Walmart’s new HQ successfully pull in more talent? And how will competitors respond to Walmart’s latest labor strategy? Deli Market News will continue to report.