Walmart hosted a grand opening celebration to commemorate the official opening of its new $135 million distribution center in Mobile, Alabama.
The event was a culmination of a multi-year effort, supported by state and local officials and community members, to strengthen Walmart’s supply chain network while creating more than 750 jobs. During the ceremony, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and local officials highlighted the benefits the new distribution center will bring to the area, including increased regional economic growth and local career opportunities.
The new storage and cross-dock facility will supply several regional distribution centers that support approximately 700 Walmart stores in Alabama, Mississippi and beyond. The building spans 2.6 million square feet and comprises 60 acres under one roof.
The Mobile distribution center complements Walmart’s presence of more than 145 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in Alabama, employing nearly 38,000 associates across the state. This will be the company’s sixth import distribution facility.
“We are excited about how this facility will help us better serve our customers across the South and beyond, while creating a positive economic impact locally through job creation and future development,” said Jeff Breazeale, Walmart vp/direct import logistics. “We are grateful to the state of Alabama, Mobile County, the city of Mobile, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama State Port Authority for the warm welcome we have received here, and we look forward to a strong partnership with the community for years to come.”
The grand opening event also highlighted Walmart’s support of the community, as Walmart associates presented approximately $20,000 to various organizations in the Mobile area.