Walmart has announced plans to build a 3 million square foot facility in Ridgeville, South Carolina, in support of its supply chain network.
Once fully operational, the new distribution center is expected to increase volumes at the Port of Charleston by approximately 5%.
Once completed, at a cost of $220 million, the new storage and cross-dock facility will span nearly 3 million square feet.
This direct import distribution center, which will take approximately 14 months to build, will supply several regional distribution centers supporting approximately 850 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across South Carolina and beyond.
“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.”
The center will also support 1,000 local full-time jobs.
“Walmart is the recognised leader in supply chain innovation and performance. Having this world-class company choose our market for their distribution center is the ultimate vote of confidence in SC Ports and in South Carolina,” said Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority President and CEO.
“Walmart’s investment will create jobs for South Carolinians and boost cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston. 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.”