Walmart Canada has announced its plans to open 40 supercentres in the company’s next fiscal, which runs from February 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012. The supercentres are expected to generate more than 9,200 store and construction jobs. Specific store locations will be announced over the coming weeks and months.
Walmart also confirmed that it will be bringing the supercentre programme to two new provinces in 2011 – Manitoba and Quebec. Walmart Canada’s supercentre format, which was first launched in Ontario in 2006 and is available in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, provides a full range of groceries and general merchandise under one roof.
Commenting on the announcement, David Cheesewright, president and CEO of Walmart Canada, said, “Walmart supercentres offer Canadians the widest assortment of products under one roof in the marketplace. Our customers consistently tell us they are looking for convenience and everyday low prices. Walmart Canada delivers both.”
As of December 31, 2010, Walmart Canada had 323 stores, including 119 Supercentres. By January 31, 2011, Walmart Canada’s store count will be 325, of which 124 will be supercentres.
Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga Ontario, Walmart Canada operates 323 stores and serves more than one million customers each day. Walmart is Canada’s third-largest employer with 85,000 associates.
– IndiaRetailing Bureau