Walmart has opened a 3 million square foot import distribution center in Dorchester County, S.C., this week at a cost of $220 million. It is the retail giant’s seventh import distribution center and it will handle inbound freight that arrives at the Port of Charleston, the country’s eighth largest port, for delivery to 850 regional Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in the Southeast.
Once fully operational, the facility is expected to increase local port volumes by approximately 5%, according to Walmart.
“South Carolina is home to some of the country’s most convenient and efficient modes of transportation, including the Port of Charleston and Interstates 26 and 95,” said Jeff Holzbauer, general manager, import distribution center #8980, Walmart U.S.
Walmart said the new import facility will give the retailer expanded access to seaports and deliver a wider selection of merchandise from around the globe. Working with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Walmart expects to employ more than 1,300 local full-time employers at the new facility.