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Walmart Canada Plans Major Expansion

Posted: March 11, 2014, 9:50 a.m. EDT


Walmart has been part of Canada’s retail landscape since 1994, and announced on the cusp of its 20th anniversary that it intends to add another 35 supercenters in 2014.

Of the 389 Walmart stores currently operating in Canada, 247 of them are supercenters, which have larger footprints (averaging 197,000 square feet, notes Wikipedia) to make room for full supermarkets along with the normal space devoted to retail merchandise.

"Customers in every region of Canada are looking to save money on their entire list of shopping needs,” said Shelley Broader, Walmart Canada’s president and CEO.

Each Walmart Canada Supercenter carries more than 100,000 products, including accessories, treats and food for dogs, cats, fish and birds.

Walmart Supercenter
The typical Walmart Supercenter offers more than 100,000 items for sale, including an array of accessories, treats and foods for pets. Walmart Stock Photography

"Delivering on our commitment to help lower the cost of living is our top priority, and our growing network of supercenters and our expanding Walmart.ca offering enable us to do just that,” Broader added.

The strategy behind Walmart Canada’s $450-million expansion, reports Bloomberg.com, is to better compete against firmly rooted Canadian supermarket chains like Loblaw, boasting more than 1,400 stores, and heading off upstarts like Target.

The Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has quickly grown to 124 stores since launching in Canada last year and plans to open nine more stores this year.

The expansion of supercenters will include the construction of six new stores, the expansion, remodeling and relocation of existing stores.

In addition, $82 million of the $450 million will go to overhaul Walmart Canada’s distribution network, reducing the time it takes to get fresh foods from the field to store shelves, by dealing directly with suppliers.

Another roughly $28 million will be used for e-commerce projects beefing up Walmart.ca.

The Supercenter in Mississauga, Ontario, carries an array of pet food brands including those manufactured by Nestle Purina Petcare, Mars Petcare U.S., Walmart’s Ol’ Roy, Big Heart Pet Brands, United Pet Group, Hartz Mountain Corporation and Central Garden & Pet.

The project is expected to create more than 7,500 jobs including construction over the next year, states Bloomberg.com.

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