SURREY — Walmart Canada is investing $175 million in a frozen grocery facility it’s planning to build in Surrey that is expected to create up to 200 long-term jobs.
The 300,000-square foot “fulfillment centre” is expected to open in early 2022 and will provide fresh and frozen food to 60 stores in British Columbia with a focus on sustainability and no waste.
It will also create up to 300 skilled construction and engineering jobs during the 14 to 18 month building period to begin in early 2021.
“This is the first site of its kind that Walmart Canada is building, as the company works to achieve zero waste across its operations by 2025,” said Diane Medeiros, manager of Walmart Canada corporate communications.
The Campbell Heights Business Park facility, the exact location of which has yet to be revealed, will feature energy efficient LED lighting and “intelligent” controls that reduce lighting energy consumption by 70 per cent, as well as lithium battery cells to reduce power consumption at the site.
Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said the city is “excited” to receive Walmart’s application to build this project.