Walmart to grow Amherst location

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Company to create supercenter, expand grocery options

Amherst’s Walmart is set to become a Walmart Supercentre later this year.

Amherst’s Walmart is set to become a Walmart Supercentre later this year.

AMHERST – A little more than 10 years after coming to Amherst, Walmart is set to become a Supercentre.

Employees were told last week of the change that will be made sometime later in 2014. While the physical size of the store is not expected to change, the store will see a full-size supermarket component added including meat and poultry, baked goods, a deli, frozen foods, dairy products, garden produce and seafood.

Walmart in Amherst already has a limited grocery selection.

The opening of a supercentre is expected to put the store in direct competition with the Atlantic Superstore, with whom is shares the shopping complex on Robert Angus Drive, and Sobeys in the Amherst Centre Mall.

Company officials could not be reached for comment, but a press release issued earlier this month said Walmart plans to completed 35 supercentre projects across Canada during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The projects will represent a combined investment of $500 million in the Canadian economy and include the construction of new stores and the expansion, remodeling and relocation of existing stores.

Investments include $376 million for store projects, $91 million for distribution network projects to grow the company’s fresh food capability and $31 million for e-commerce projects.

The value of the Amherst expansion is unknown and it’s unknown how many jobs it will create.

darrell.cole@tc.tc

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Walmart, Sobeys

Geographic location: Amherst, Canada

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  • Salt Pork Parker
    February 27, 2014 - 13:23

    So, big deal. Wally World remerchandises their store. Come see me when they add a hundred thousand feet and 20 or 30 new employees. Thats news worthy of an article. They've already had a horribly negative effect on local retailers and caused the demise of Zellers and a lot of decent jobs. They're no doubt encroaching on a lot of small convenience stores and food stores in small towns like Springhill and Sackville.

  • wingman
    February 26, 2014 - 13:25

    I hope their prices re comparable to the prices in the US stores, but I bet they will stay high just like other things they sell in the Canadian stores.

  • Mad Mac
    February 26, 2014 - 10:41

    Costco too please.

  • mike
    February 26, 2014 - 09:49

    looks like more local job lost to me. I won't support WalMart

  • nicole
    February 26, 2014 - 08:57

    I think that its an awesome idea for Walmart to get more groceries, I use to shop at just the superstore until I realized I can get the same stuff at Walmart for a lot cheaper. All these big stores need to understand that if they have crazy prices that people can't afford we will just go some where that we can afford which in this case is Walmart.

  • Ian
    February 26, 2014 - 04:12

    This is absolutely crazy, and a super wrong move. Making the current Walmart a "super centre" without actually expanding the store will not do anything except make it a half hearted grocery store and a half hearted department store at the same time. It will neither well, and it will fail miserably. In order to make room for this so called "expansion", they would have to get rid of current held products. So that means cuts to all other departments, thus limiting their selection.

    • Big A
      February 26, 2014 - 20:37

      I`m sorry, your background in this type of business is what now?????

  • Big A
    February 25, 2014 - 21:17

    great news...best news Amherst has heard in probably a very long time!!!!

  • Robert Meisner
    February 25, 2014 - 19:28

    Sobeys and Super Store need a little competion.The prices are outrageous!!!!

    • Shopper
      February 26, 2014 - 10:46

      This is good news, a little competition is good, lets other stores know that we want lower prices. Hopefully they will take advantage of the produce that is locally available of poultry, beef and vegetables etc. and not always import from China (especially poultry) as they are very lax in their procedures and inspections compared to Canada.