“Today is an incredible day for Walmart, Moncton and New Brunswick as we officially open our first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada,” said Gonzalo Gebara, President and CEO of Walmart Canada. “We’re strengthening our best-in-class supply chain network with distribution centres from coast-to-coast to ensure product gets into the hands of our customers even faster. We take great pride seeing our associates, customers and communities benefit from these investments in the form of jobs, better product availability and economic impact.”
The Moncton Distribution Centre is part of Walmart Canada’s $3.5 billion investment to generate significant growth and speed up the flow of products through the company’s supply chain across Canada.
Supporting local suppliers
Walmart Canada proudly works with close to 2,000 Canadian suppliers, big and small. Walmart Canada buys over $250 million worth of products including more than 20 located in New Brunswick, a number the retailer hopes to continue to grow. The new distribution centre helps Walmart deliver on its commitment to increase its local product offering in stores across the country, supporting more local suppliers and giving customers more choices.
Commitment to the community
Walmart celebrated its commitment to the local Moncton community by proudly presenting $12,000 to Harvest House Atlantic, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to end homelessness, caring for people needing meals and housing as well as support to help them move forward with education and job placements.
The Moncton Distribution Centre is also paired with Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA) to ensure good food is donated to those he need it most. FDA serves food banks, community kitchens, school programs and other agencies across New Brunswick.
“New Brunswick’s economy is continuing to build momentum with large brands taking advantage of our exceptional resources, talent, export-friendly location, and thriving business community,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “Walmart’s decision to expand operations and invest in our province has created jobs, improved our supply chain and put us closer to the products that we need access to in a more affordable and efficient way.”
“We are so pleased to celebrate the grand opening of this impressive facility and delighted that Walmart chose Moncton as the base for its very first distribution centre in Atlantic Canada,” said Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. “Moncton has a well-deserved reputation as the hub of the Maritimes and a dynamic and vibrant leader in business and development. This facility will further solidify that reputation, while providing employment for a significant number of people in our community.”