MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada announced today that it
will open its first Walmart Supercentre in Manitoba on Friday, May 13.
The store, located at 1225 St. Mary's Road in St. Vital Mall in
Winnipeg, is Walmart's first foray into the fresh grocery business in
the province and is the company's 131st Supercentre.
Walmart first introduced the format to Canada in late 2006 in Ontario.
Supercentres are a favourite format designed to address the growing
consumer preference for one-stop shopping, by adding all varieties of
food - including fresh produce, meat, baked goods and prepared meals -
to Walmart's already broad product offering. With Friday's opening, the
company now operates Supercentres in Ontario, Alberta, British
Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This summer, Walmart will open its
first Supercentres in Quebec.
"Customers continue to respond strongly to our Supercentres," said Jim
Thompson, Walmart Canada's chief operating officer. "Our new
Supercentres represent the next generation of store design and customer
experience while continuing to offer convenience and every day low
In 1994, Walmart transformed nine Manitoba Woolco stores. Since then,
the company has invested millions of dollars and hired thousands of
people to grow and improve service to Manitobans. Today, there are 13
Manitoba Walmart stores employing nearly 4,000 associates.
Next month, four more Manitoba stores will grand-open as Supercentres.
These stores are located in Portage la Prairie, Selkirk and two in
Winnipeg. In all cases, the stores have been remodeled.
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 325 stores, serving more than
one million Canadians each day. With 85,000 associates, the company is
Canada's third-largest employer. Walmart continues to be a leader in
sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.
Walmart Canada's corporate culture was recently ranked among the 10
most admired corporate cultures in Canada by Waterstone Human Capital
Inc. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmart.ca and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/walmartcanada.
SOURCE WAL-MART CANADA CORP.
For further information:
Felicia Fefer, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada, 905-821-2111