Walmart has been riding high after the company’s better-than-anticipated fourth quarter results were revealed earlier this month, as we reported on our sister site. The company’s top brass has, since then, challenged its competitors to “bring it on” (no, I’m not about to announce that the retailer will be engaging in an epic cheer-off), and the company is growing to make that challenge even more daunting. Walmart recently announced plans to expand its distribution network, furthering its move toward staying at the front of the grocery pack. Walmart Canada has announced its intention to spend upwards of $175 million on a state-of-the-art automated refrigeration warehouse.
In a recent press release, Walmart Canada announced one of its distribution centers is poised for approval by the Surrey Council in British Columbia. These plans have been in action since last July, when the retailer announced that it intended to spend upwards of $175 million on a new grocery facility.
Proposals for the site list it as a “state-of-the-art automated refrigeration warehouse, which will distribute fresh produce to more than 60 markets throughout British Columbia,” a city report noted.
Features of the site will include energy-efficient LED lighting and intelligent controls that reduce lighting energy consumption by 70 percent.
Will Walmart’s expansion efforts in Canada pay even greater dividends? Deli Market News will continue to report with updates.