Walmart (NYSE:WMT) plans to spend approximately $500 million this year to grow its business in Canada, building 35 supercenter stores and creating more than 7,500 jobs in the country over the next year.
Walmart Canada will spend $376 million on building supercenters, and another $91 million to expand its distribution network to support the growing number of stores. The company will also invest $31 million for e-commerce projects for its online unit, Walmart.ca.
Walmart hasn't revealed where the new stores will be located, but said it plans to announce them later. Today's announcement will bring Walmart Canada's store count to 395 by the end of January 2015, including 282 supercentres and 113 discount stores.
Walmart shared the news about its Canadian expansion just one week after Target said it, too, would be increasing its store count there. Target will open nine new stores north of the border by the end of the year, adding to the 124 opened in 2013.
-See this Walmart Canada press release
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