The provincial government announced Walmart has chosen Rocky View County to be the home of a fulfillment centre that will serve Western Canada.
Airdrie East MLA, Angela Pitt said that it will not only create short-term jobs while the facility is under construction but will also generate long-term employment opportunities for area residents, helping to revitalize our local economy.
“By investing in infrastructure projects like Airdrie's 40th Avenue interchange, our government has opened the door for major investment opportunities like this one from Walmart Canada. This new fulfilment centre is great news for Airdrie, Rocky View County and the Calgary region. This area is already a hub for many major distribution centres, and we are pleased to welcome Walmart’s expanded operations.”
Walmart’s new fulfilment centre will create about 325 jobs when it opens, which is expected this fall. In addition to those jobs, the project is generating numerous engineering and construction jobs during its current construction. The centre will include innovative robotic technology to help associates store, pick and sort items. It will be capable of shipping 20 million items annually from the site to Walmart customers.
Walmart Canada is investing more than $118 million to build a new high-tech, sortable 430,000 square foot fulfilment centre in Rocky View County. The new delivery hub for Western Canada will help meet the needs of millions of their customers while creating jobs in a more diversified Alberta economy.
“Alberta is proud to welcome more investment to our province: we have the space, the people and the competitive advantage to attract major companies like Walmart to build and expand here. Walmart’s choice to serve their Western Canadian customers from the Calgary area is another signal to the world that our province is coming back, stronger than ever,” says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
According to Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, “Walmart’s investment in our province is another indication that our competitive business environment is what major companies are looking for. This new fulfilment centre is not just creating jobs for Albertans in both the short and long term, it will improve the customer experience throughout all of Western Canada.”
Alberta’s Recovery Plan focuses on attracting private sector investment to the province to help diversify the economy and create jobs. To help do this, Alberta’s government has lowered taxes on job creators and created an open for business regulatory environment.
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