Big box retailer Walmart has confirmed plans to build a $220 million distribution center in Dorchester County near Ridgeville in South Carolina.
The nearly three million sq ft facility will be the third largest in the United States and would bring more than 1,000 local full-time jobs to the area.
“Walmart has proven to be an exemplary partner that is committed to South Carolina and our citizens,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. “We couldn’t be prouder that such an important and successful company has decided to invest in our people and create even more jobs for hardworking South Carolinians. We look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership and seeing all that it will mean to both Walmart and our state in the future.”
“At a time when job creation is so vital, and – more than ever – our customers are relying on Walmart for the essentials they need during this unprecedented time, we are excited about the impact this new facility will have on the regional economy and how it will help us better serve customers across the Southeast,” said Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain for Walmart. “We found a great partner in the state of South Carolina and we’re grateful for the support we received from Dorchester County, the South Carolina Ports Authority, the Department of Commerce and so many others who helped make this project a reality.
“Walmart is the recognised leader in supply chain innovation and performance,” said S C Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome. “Having this world-class company choose our market for their distribution center is the ultimate vote of confidence in S C Ports and in South Carolina. Walmart’s investment will create jobs for South Carolinians and boost cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston.”
Once fully operational, the new distribution center is expected to increase local port volumes approximately five percent.
“We are experts at moving goods just-in-time for global companies. We are thrilled to partner with Walmart to further their growth and impact for years to come,” added Newsome.
Walmart said it will take about 14 months to build, and once completed, the direct import distribution center will supply several regional distribution centers supporting approximately 850 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across South Carolina and further.